PROVIDENCE, Ky. (AP) - A rescue team has found a second Kentucky
miner dead after a roof collapse at an underground coal mine with a
long history of safety problems.
Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing spokesman Dick
Brown said the two miners were found dead Thursday after the
accident at the Dotiki (doh-TEE'-kee) Mine in western Kentucky.
Rescue workers earlier found the body of one miner trapped under
rock. They had to retreat for a time when the roof become unstable,
sending down a shower of rocks.
Gov. Steve Beshear identified the miners as 27-year-old Justin
Travis and 28-year-old Michael Carter.
State and federal records show more than 40 closure orders over
safety violations since January 2009. Officials with mine operator
Alliance Coal Co. didn't return calls seeking comment.
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