Boulder Crashes Into Building

By: Michel Mason Email
By: Michel Mason Email

An Eastern Kentucky coal company is taking a closer look at its operations after an accident.
Sapphire Coal is trying to figure out how a massive boulder at a site in Letcher County ended up in someone's backyard.

Splintered wood and broken bricks show the force that hit the storage building on Buck Creek Tuesday night.
“Yes it was totally bricked but as you can see now the grass is bricked,” said property owner James Mullins whose storage building was destroyed by the boulder.

Mullins says his family is fortunate things didn't turn out much worse when it came smashing in. “Very lucky and very lucky it did not hit my residence because my wife was in the room closest to this building.”

Mullins tells me he was just inside this building two hours before this huge boulder came barreling down the hill, moving his building about three feet and ruining everything inside.

“If I'd of still been in it I don't think I would have slightly made it,” added Mullins.

His family has been without water since the accident. United Coal, the parent company of Sapphire, brought them clean drinking water and promises to take care of all the damages.

”We've expressed our most sincere apologies to the homeowners who were certainly shocked by that. it's not something that we tolerate or accept as an outcome and we are working hard to understand how it happened and make sure that we prevent it,” said Brad Sullivan of United Coal Wednesday afternoon.

The Mullins family is now waiting for insurance assessors to put a dollar amount on the damage.

United Coal Company and the state department of mine and minerals are both investigating the accident.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 1, 2008 at 08:18 AM
    looks like a coal company put a rock through someone's house.
  • by Fred Location: Lexington on Jul 31, 2008 at 05:55 PM
    "How did it end up in somebody's back yard?" My guess is - wait for it - it rolled. TADA!
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2008 at 01:05 PM
    looks like a rock slide


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