Two Trapped KY Miners Found Dead

UPDATE as of 4:33pm CDT
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear delivered the tragic news through a news release Thursday afternoon that two missing mine workers at the Dotiki Mine in Nebo have been found dead.

In the statement, Governor Beshear said "Today has been a terrible day for Kentucky and for our coal-mining families. I am very saddened to announce that we have lost two miners...Michael Carter, 28 of Hanson and Justin Travis, 27 of Dixon, in the roof collapse at Dotiki mine in western Kentucky. Our entire state mourns along with their families and friends. Despite our sadness, we must press forward to the work ahead of us – fully investigating what caused this accident and determining ways to avoid such accidents in the future."

Original story
(Hopkins County, KY) - Two miners are trapped underground at the Dotiki Mine when part of the mine roof fell on the workers Wednesday night around 10 pm.

Officials with Webster County Coal say rescue efforts began immediately but "no contact" has been made with the trapped workers.

Company officials say the families of the two miners have been contacted and officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration along with the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety are helping with the rescue efforts.

UPDATE as of 8:50 am CDT

Mine officials on the scene are calling this a "rescue" mission and are holding out hope for the trapped miners. At a news conference earlier this morning, mine officials say the collapse of the Dotiki mine occured about five miles from the entrance.

So far, officials say they've made no contact with the trapped workers.

UPDATE as of 10:23 am CDT

Governor Steve Beshear is meeting with families at the Nebo Baptist Church in Hopkins County.

UPDATE as of 11:38 am CDT

MIne officials say rescuers have located one of the two trapped miners but have not heard a response. The location of the second miner is still in question but know the two were located about five miles from the entrance of the mine.

Governor Beshear is currently meeting with the miners families at Nebo Baptist Church.

An article in Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this month listed the Dotiki mine as 7th worst in the nation for the amount of "significant and substantial" violations.

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  • by Kevin Location: BGKY on May 1, 2010 at 08:25 PM
    Amanda, while it might be remotely possible that the seismic activity in other parts of the world 'might' be related to the recent mine roof falls, it is not likely. Same goes for those extremists trying to scare people into believing that this is all just signs of the end of time.
  • by Steve Location: BG on Apr 29, 2010 at 02:26 PM
    Both are deceased. Will not, out of respect to the families release the names of the 2 miners.
  • by Anonymous Location: princeton on Apr 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    prayers and my heart goes out to these people and their families....such a tragic thing to happen....god bless them all...
  • by Amanda Location: BG on Apr 29, 2010 at 11:08 AM
    This is just me saying something off the top of my head.. Look at everything that has went on lately. Earthquakes, volcanic erruptions, this is the second mine inccident.... There has got to be something underlying causing things to happen tha normally wouldnt... I'm just sayin...
  • by K.J. Location: Bowling Green on Apr 29, 2010 at 09:22 AM
    God in heaven, be with these people, the rescuers, and the families involved. Amen
  • by anthony Location: clay ky on Apr 29, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    its really bad when people have family members down there and thats all people have to talk about is violations . when they should be praying for the men trapped and there families !
  • by Omar Location: Connecticut on Apr 29, 2010 at 08:29 AM
    Our prayer goes to the workers and their families
  • by Mary Location: Beechmont, KY on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:34 AM
    Roof falls can happen at any time, even though adequate precautions have been taken. Alliance is a company that cares about safety and their Warrior Mine Rescue Team was the national champion team for 2010. Joe Craft, CEO cares about his miners and the safety of the mines. The engineers work very hard to ensure the safety and productivity of the mines. Our prayers go out for the two miners and their families, along with the rescue workers. Godspeed.
  • by kathy Location: bowling green ky on Apr 29, 2010 at 07:00 AM
    god bless the families... hope the miners are ok and found alive...
  • by kay Location: indiana on Apr 29, 2010 at 06:58 AM
    to the families from a coal miner's daughter--all the hugs and prayers i have. keep the faith and hold each other.
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