Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

April 3, 2014

Accident that injured 8 W.Va. miners investigated

RUPERT — State and federal mine safety officials are investigating an accident that injured eight workers at a Greenbrier County mine.

The state Office of Miners’ Safety, Health and Training tells media outlets that a mantrip lost its brakes on an incline at the Greenbrier Minerals Mountaineer Pocahontas No. 1 near Rupert.

A mantrip is a vehicle that transports miners underground.

The accident occurred around midnight Tuesday.

Three workers were treated at an area hospital and released. Two workers remain hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. Three others declined medical treatment.

Greenbrier Minerals vice president Garry Groves says the mine employs about 125 workers. The company also is investigating the accident.

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