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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