Missing Miners - Update
Updated: 4/18/2007 11:50PM EST
- Material continues to be removed at a rate of 25 to 30 trucks per hour.
- It is estimated that approximately 50% of the material necessary to reach the covered machines has been removed.
- MSHA was notified at the time of the accident Tuesday morning that material from a highwall collapsed onto a shovel and bulldozer around 10:15 a.m. EDT. MSHA was on-site at the time of the accident conducting a close-out conference of a recent inspection.
- There has been no communication with the two operators of either machine since the highwall collapsed.
- The highwall that collapsed was 100-125 feet high.
- MSHA provided a Family Liaison once it was notified of the accident to assist family members that may travel to the mine.
- As of 8 a.m. Wednesday, material has been removed at a rate of 25 to 35 truckloads (with 100-ton capacities) per hour since 6 p.m. Tuesday. The highwall remains unstable, which has interrupted loading of the material at times.
- The rescue operation is continuing and material continues to be loaded and hauled away from the site.
- There are concerns that the highwall above the rescue site is becoming more unstable.