Two Coal Miners Killed After Mine Collapses In West Virginia

Cucumber, W.VA. - The state's mine safety chief says two coal miners were killed in a roof collapse in southern West Virginia.

The miners apparently were caught when a pillar fell, said Ron Wooten, director of the state Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training. Wooten said rescuers were bringing their bodies to the surface.

"There's no need for rescue teams, the individuals have been recovered," he said.

Earlier An emergency dispatcher says two coal miners have been trapped in a roof fall at a mine in southern West Virginia.

The miners became trapped around 10:30 a.m. at the Brooks Run mine in McDowell County, said Paul Butler, a county 911 dispatcher.

The miners' condition wasn't immediately known. Dispatchers said the accident scene was up to 1½ miles beyond the entrance to the mine.

A year ago, an explosion killed 12 men at the Sago Mine in Upshur County. Also last January, two miners died in a fire at the Aracoma Alma No. 1 Mine in Logan County.

Cucumber is about 90 miles west of Roanoke, Va.

19 Action News will have more on this developing story as updates become available.