1 Dead After Accident at West Virginia Coal Mine

Monday, March 9, 2015

At least one person died and two others were injured after a roof collapse at a coal mine in West Virginia Sunday, authorities said.

The accident happened before 9 p.m. at the Marshall County Coal Mine, county Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said. The cause of the roof collapse is unknown.

The Marshal County Coal Company, in a press release, identified the victim as John M. "Mike" Garloch of Neffs, Ohio. Two other employees were hospitalized for observation, the company said.

"The Marshall County Coal Company's employees and management send their sincere condolences and prayers to the Garloch family," the company said in a statement.

State and federal mine officials will work with the owner of the mine portal to determine the cause of the accident, Hart said.

The mine is owned by the Murray Energy Corporation.

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