Boulder Crashes Through A Home

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

One man's home is nearly destroyed after a rock crashed into it Wednesday morning.

It happened on Road Fork in the Island Creek community of Pike County.

No one was injured.

Troy Hamilton he says he lost his home, but feels lucky to be alive.

He is usually home in the morning, but Wednesday morning he went to check on his sick mother and just after he left, the rock crashed through.

Homeowner Troy Hamilton says his life changed in an instant.

A boulder crashed into his home shortly after he woke up.

Hamilton could not talk on camera. His relatives next door say he is shaken up.

Hamilton says he was down the street checking on his bedridden mother when he heard a loud noise.

He went outside and friends told him a large rock crashed through his home.

Friends say the rock came down the hill behind the mobile home.

It landed inside in the bathroom and also took out part of the kitchen and damaged a bedroom.

Hamilton says he feels lucky to be alive, saying he is normally in the kitchen during the time the rock crashed.

Officials with the State Department of Mines and Minerals are investigating and trying to figure out where the rock came from and what caused it to fall down the hill.

Hamilton and his family want answers.

Hamilton says he does not know yet where he will go now.

The investigators on scene do not think this is from a blast, but believe it is mine related.

They did not release which mines they are looking at.

Hamilton and others on rock fork do have a lawsuit pending against cam mining for some property damage last year.


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  • by Strip miner Location: Eastern Kentucky on Feb 11, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    To begin with, all the coal industry hating people of kentucky, would you be on your computer right now, or have lighting in your home if we didn't have coal mines? Im proud to be a coal miner and i don't care who doesn't like my profession .... accidents happen, yeah the mine is responsible if the rock came off there permits. Mr. Hamilton wil probally get a brand new home from this. but atleast he is alive. People start hating on coal company's before the stop and think how that light switch and coal is related. it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure it out..
  • by Randy Location: Martin on Jan 23, 2009 at 04:53 PM
    Neighbor from Pike County, first thing we are not on the take. Secondly accidents happen, Thank God no one was hurt and yes the company will fully compensate Mr. Hamilton. Also if you say it is the inspectors fault then I guess when they are a car wreck then you blame the state police. Don't worry your savior Obama will take care of everything. Once he stops the mining in Eastern Kentucky and then were do you think everyone will work. And if no one is working the mines then who will have money to spend at Wal-Mart or McDonalds. You should always remember the hand that feeds the mouth before you cut it off.
  • by SENIOR CITIZEN Location: PIKEVILLE on Jan 23, 2009 at 05:10 AM
    ITS SAY THAT THIS HAPPENED TO MR. HAMILTON. BUT I AM SURE THE COAL COMPANY WILL TAKE CARE OF HIM. THEY HAVE TO CARRY INSURANCE FOR THIS TYPE OF THING. WE NEED THE COAL INDUSTRY OR WHAT WOULD WE HAVE. THERE ARE NO JOBS NOW. PIKE COUNTY WOULD BE A GHOST TOWN WITHOUT THE COAL.
  • by Neighbor Location: Pike County on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:59 PM
    (Hey mj)You must work for a coal company or a relative of yours because you're full of it.
  • by mj Location: floyd, ky on Jan 22, 2009 at 08:49 AM
    If it is mine related, don't worry because the company will have to pay big. Everyone is quick to blame the coal industry and forget that those coal companies supply Eastern ky. with many jobs. I feel for Mr. Hamilton, but again I'm sure he will be well compensated.
  • by Kacie Location: floyd on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:06 AM
    And I'm sure the coal company involved reushed to your side to make sure you were o.k.
  • by Jim Location: Pike on Jan 22, 2009 at 07:01 AM
    I agree with Janet completely, these mine operators and owners could care less and will buy their way out no matter what happens to the community.
  • by Janet on Jan 22, 2009 at 04:46 AM
    Another example of the many tragedies of strip mining, these owners could care less.
  • by Neighbor Location: Pike County on Jan 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM
    Although it came from a mining area, DON'T WORRY! Kentucky has the best inspectors money can buy. It was probably swamp gas that blew that rock over the hill. No way will they blame it on any mine. Troy has lost his home and is sh** out of luck getting any help from state workers.
  • by Lance on Jan 21, 2009 at 07:30 PM
    it is always mine related, somebody else always pays

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