2 killed in collapse at western Ky. surface mine

October 28, 2011 - 3:20 PM

CENTERTOWN, Ky. (AP) — Authorities say a truck was crushed under falling rock at a coal mine in Kentucky, killing two workers inside.

Rescuers worked most of Friday morning to reach the men under the rubble at Armstrong Coal's Equality surface mine in Ohio County.

Ohio County coroner Larry Bevil says crews reached the men around noon CDT, but Bevil says they were likely killed immediately by the huge pile of rock.

A statement from the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing identified the workers as 47-year-old Darrel Winstead and 33-year-old Samuel Lindsey.

The two men were on a blasting crew from MEMSCO, a subsidiary of Midland Powder Co. of Evansville, Ind.

They were driving near a highwall when their truck was inundated by the rock slide.