CENTERTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Two workers were killed Friday when their
truck was crushed under falling rock at a surface mine in western
Rescuers worked most of the morning to reach the men under the rubble at Armstrong Coal's Equality mine in Ohio County.
Ohio County coroner Larry Bevil says crews reached the men around noon CDT, but Bevil says they were likely killed immediately by the "huge pile" of rock.
A statement from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing identified the workers as 47-year-old Darrel Winstead and 33-year-old Samuel Lindsey.
The two men were on a blasting crew from MEMSCO, a subsidiary of
Midland Powder Co. of Evansville, Ind.
They were driving near a highwall when their truck was inundated by rock and earth at around 6:35 a.m. CDT.