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Two coal miners killed when surface mine wall collapses

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 3:52 PM EDT, Fri October 28, 2011
Police in Centertown, Kentucky respond to the mine incident on Friday that left two miners dead.
Police in Centertown, Kentucky respond to the mine incident on Friday that left two miners dead.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Two miners are killed in wall collapse at coal mine
  • A wall of coal and rock fell on the men's vehicle, sheriff says
  • Their names have not been released

(CNN) -- Two miners died and several others were injured Friday when a wall collapsed at a Centertown, Kentucky, mine, the Ohio County sheriff said.

The two miners who died were driving in a truck near the wall when it collapsed. Their names have not been released, Sheriff David Thompson said.

Several other miners were injured when rock fell from what its known as a highwall, a vertical structure of coal and rock that is still being mined.

The incident happened at the Armstrong Coal Company's Equality Boot Mine, which has been open just over a year, Thompson said.

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