2 injured in pillar fall at Leer Mine Complex

GRAFTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia coal miners were hospitalized after a pillar fell on them early Tuesday morning, officials said.

The Leer Mine Complex workers had serious but non-life threatening injuries after a pillar rib failure just before 4 a.m., according to a spokesman for the state Office of Mine Safety Health and Training.

The Taylor County mining complex is owned by Arch Coal.

Safety inspectors were called to the site. A state report of the incident said the pillar briefly trapped the two workers.

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