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Two Killed in Patriot Coal Mine Known for Safety Neglect


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Two Killed in Patriot Coal Mine Known for Safety Neglect

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

Two West Virginia coal miners were reportedly killed Monday evening following an accident at a mine with a history of safety violations owned by Patriot Coal—a company that has long fought worker protections.

According to reports, Eric D. Legg, 48, and Gary P. Hensley, 46, were killed at Brody Mine No. 1 in Boone County, shortly before 9 PM after a "coal outburst"—or sudden and violent ejection of coal, gas and rock from underground—caused a collapse inside the mine.