UPDATE, 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 9:
The office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training has 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.”
UPDATE, 8:20 a.m., Monday, March 9:
The Marshall County Coal Company has provided the following statement regarding a 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.”
UPDATE, 11:05 p.m., March 8:
Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart confirmed there was one fatality at the Marshall County Mine Cameron Portal, which is owned by Murray Energy.
One injured miner was transported by helicopter to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown.
Another injured miner was transported by ambulance to Wheeling Hospital.
Officials reported the mine’s roof and wall collapsed.
Details of the accident are currently under investigation.
UPDATE, 10:15 p.m., March 8:
Initial reports indicated five injuries took place after a reporter roof collapse at the Marshall County Mine Cameron Portal; however Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart confirmed there were only only three injuries and all miners have gotten out of the mine.
UPDATE, 9:59 p.m., March 8:
Marshall County EMA Director Tom Hart reported five miners are injured and two are still trapped inside.
ORIGINAL STORY, 8:27 p.m., March 8:
Emergency crews have been sent to a report of a collapse at the Cameron Mine Portal.
Officials reported possible entrapment inside.
All roads to the mine are blocked off and helicopters are monitoring the situation from the air.