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2 die in West Virginia coal mine

WHARTON, W.Va. – State and federal officials say two workers who were trapped when the ground failed at a West Virginia mine with a history of safety violations have died.

Officials for federal and state safety agencies said the incident occurred just after 8:45 p.m. Monday at Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, about 50 miles south of Charleston.

Amy Louviere of the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration said the miners’ bodies were recovered.

The state Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training identified the workers as Eric D. Legg, 48, of Twilight, and Gary P. Hensley, 46, of Chapmanville.

No additional injuries or trapped workers are reported.

The state agency said preliminary indications show that a coal outburst was responsible but provided no other details.

Mine owner Patriot Coal didn’t immediately respond to emails or phone calls.

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