Officials Investigating Deadly West Virginia Mine Accident

A preliminary investigation shows a roof collapse killed two West Virginia miners.

Officials with the Brooks Run Mining Company say Saturday morning's roof fall at its Cucumber Mine was localized to the area where 48 year old James D Thomas of North Tazwell, Virginia, and 33 year old Pete Poindexter of Rock, West Virginia, were working.

36 miners were working underground at the time of the collapse.

Thomas and Poindexter are the first coal mining deaths in the region this year and the second and third in the nation.


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