West Virginia Mine Closed Pending Safety Investigation

August 18, 2008

A West Virginia coal mine where two scoop accidents occurred within three months, including one fatal, has been closed during an investigation into the most recent incident.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training ordered the Wolf Run Sentinel Mine in Barbour County to cease operations Aug. 13, one day after three miners were struck by a scoop.

Agency spokesman Hoy Murphy says one of the injured men remains hospitalized in Morgantown. The others were treated and released.

Murphy says state and federal mining officials are investigating the accident.

A spokesman for Wolf Run’s parent, International Coal Group, says ICG is cooperating with investigators.

In May, a man was run over and killed by a scoop at the mine. ICG was cited for two safety violations for that accident.

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