Department for Natural Resources
State inspectors looking into two overnight mining accidents

Press Release Date:  Friday, July 10, 2009  
Contact Information:  Dick Brown 502-564-5525  

FRANKFORT, KY – (July 10, 2009) –  Investigators from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are on the scene of two coal mining accidents that injured 10 people late Thursday. Eight miners employed by KenAmerican Resources Inc. in Muhlenberg County were injured when a mantrip malfunctioned. None of those injuries appears to be life-threatening. A mantrip is a vehicle that carries miners into and out of coal mines. The accident, near Central City, occurred at approximately 4:30 p.m. EDT Thursday.

Two others were hurt when an unoccupied pickup truck apparently rolled down a roadway at a mine site in Hippo in Floyd County operated by Frasure Creek Mining, striking two workers operating a drill. Both were airlifted to Cabell-Huntington Hospital in Huntington, W.Va. The men have been identified as 51-year-old Harold Skaggs of Louisa, Ky., and 71-year-old Frank B. McCoart of Van Lear, Ky. Both are employed by Austin Powder Co., a contractor working at the mine site.