Crews were called out to a mine collapse that occurred around 9 p.m. Sunday evening at the Marshall County Mine Cameron Portal.
As soon as fire and EMS crews arrived at the scene, they began working to assess the situation and the number of injuries they had to treat.
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Three people were involved in the accident, one of them was pronounced dead at the scene, another flown by medical helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, and a third taken by ambulance to Wheeling Hospital.
The Marshall County Coal Company has provided the following statement regarding the fatal mine accident:
“An accident occurred at The Marshall County Coal Company’s Marshall County Mine, near Cameron, West Virginia, this evening. While the accident is currently being investigated, one management employee, Mr. John M. (“Mike”) Garloch, of Neffs, Ohio, succumbed to the accident. Two other employees, who were conscious, were injured and taken to hospitals for observation. The Marshall County Coal Company’s employees and management send their sincere condolences and prayers to the Garloch family.”
Marshall County Emergency Management Director Tom Hart said they activated part of their mine emergency response plan, something many EMA’s have put in place since the Sago and Upper Big Branch Mine disasters.
“A portion of that was activated in regards to the road blocks, making sure that the area was secured while emergency crews were responding to the incident,” Hart said.
The mine is owned by Murray Energy. They released a brief statement Sunday evening:
“An accident occurred at The Marshall County Coal Company’s Marshall County Mine, near Cameron, West Virginia, this evening. Details of the accident and any possible injuries are currently not known, but are being investigated.”
Officials released West Virginia State Police will be flying federal mine inspectors in to Marshall County to go to the site and do an inspection and try to figure exactly how this collapse happened.
The office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training released the following statement regarding the deadly mine accident:
“The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training continues its investigation into a fatal incident that occurred Sunday evening, March 8, 2015, at the McElroy Mine in Marshall County. Initial reports indicate the cause of the incident was a fall of roof and rib on the 12 East longwall face. Three miners were involved. Forty-five-year-old Assistant Longwall Coordinator John M. Garloch was fatally injured, and two other miners were injured and transported to local hospitals for treatment. One of those miners has been released; the other remains hospitalized. The company reports the incident occurred at 9:00 p.m. at the Cameron Portal. The investigation report will be forthcoming.”
We’ll continue to keep you updated on their investigation.