Nichole Hannahs

Number of Factors Led to Mine Accident

by Nichole Hannahs on September 20, 2012 at 10:32 am

Investigators at the Ohio Department of Natural Resources release preliminary findings into a Wednesday morning mining accident at Buckingham Coal.

A spokesperson for ODNR said their initial report indicates the accident took place because of a miscommunication between the track and traffic coordinator.

Investigators said the accident occurred during a shift change while the day shift was going into the mine and the night shift was coming out.

One of the rail cars was carrying ten people the other had five miners. One miner was ejected.

The report also said that the collision took place in a blind spot on the track. None of the miners suffered life threatening injuries and the five inured have been released from the hospital.

ODNR said they have an extensive mine safety program and will work with Buckingham Coal and make recommendations to improve safety.