Mining Accident Near Gary In McDowell County

The West Virginia Department of Commerce has confirmed that there was an incident Thursday at XMV #39 Mine in McDowell county near Gary.

Initial reports indicated that two man trip machines had collided.

A total of six miners were injured and transported to Welch Emergency Hospital. ¬†All individuals have since been released. ¬†Inspectors from the West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety, and Training are investigating.

The Mine has returned to normal operations.

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