Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 30, 2012

Consol: 1 missing after W.Va. slurry pond accident

Associated Press

LUMBERPORT, W.Va. (AP) — Consol Energy says one of its workers is unaccounted and two others were hurt when an embankment collapsed, sending a bulldozer and two pickups into a coal slurry pond in north-central West Virginia.

Spokeswoman Lynn Seay says it happened Friday afternoon at the Robinson Run Preparation Plant in Harrison County, but what caused the failure is unclear.

One employee was transported to a local hospital and was reported alert and stable.

Seay says that a second employee was airlifted to another hospital, and his condition wasn't immediately known.

State investigators were headed to the scene, but the Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training said it had no further details.

Seay says Pennsylvania-based Consol will work closely with state and federal investigators, and release more details as it can.