Miner Recovering Following Accident

A man continues to recover after an accident at an Eastern Kentucky coal mine.

Perry County Coal officials say Brian Roark was flown to Holston Valley Medical Center in Tennessee after he was hit by a piece of equipment. They say he suffered two fractured legs just after ten Tuesday night at the E-3 Mine.

Mine officials say MSHA, along with state and federal crews are still investigating the accident.

Reports from the hospital show Roark is alert and responsive.


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  • by A former miner Location: Not in a mine on Apr 4, 2008 at 06:24 PM
    What happened here Dave Blankenship, spokesman for TECO Coal???? I'm waiting for a comment. BTW, God bless you Brain and hope you recover quickly.
  • by anonymous Location: morgan county ky on Apr 2, 2008 at 08:30 PM
    i wish they would come over into morgan/elliot county and clean up around here if the police would have more road checks they may just catch more druggies. the goverment gives this people a medical card to buy their drugs and they sell them so the working men & women pay for there drugs. signed worried
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Apr 2, 2008 at 05:45 PM
    In response to the "try to run him off" comment...SO TRUE...It's unbelievable how many men in eastern Kentucky lose their jobs when something like this happens. And those who work with him should watch out...if any of them implicate the company/bosses as being at fault for not following safety regulations, then they're gone too.
  • by Sierra Location: PIke county kentucky on Apr 2, 2008 at 03:57 PM
    Yeah i think a lot of times when men get hurt they dont really tell the whole story about whats wrong with the accident victim. I have seen it happen a lot.They will just report the injured worker is doing ok just to try and cover up their true injuries. I also agree on the firing when they come back to work. Thats happened way to many times. The company will make you sign a pink slip and there you are fixed.
  • by kay Location: lexington on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:32 AM
    I think viewers would like to see live, as it happens, Officer Don getting in his helicoptor, for live fly over traffic reports. Can someone film him?
  • by Anonymous Location: Ky on Apr 2, 2008 at 11:19 AM
    They will probably make it look like it was his fault.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2008 at 07:53 AM
    They'll more that likely try to run him off when he comes back to work. Atleast thats what the did to my husband. I can't believe that a company would do that to these men that risk their lives for them everyday.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 2, 2008 at 07:29 AM
    Was this a union mine?Did they have a safety commette to do an investatigation?

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