Perry County Sheriff William Barker says at 7:13 Wednesday morning, a call came in from Buckingham Coal, on State Route 13 near Township Road 289, requesting EMS for an accident involving five workers in the number seven mine.
"One of the mine people told me that the two cars that collided on a single rail. So they were obviously transporting people on
the same rail, and most likely in different directions and that’s how they ended up colliding," said Sheriff Barker.
Sheriff Barker says John Reich from Woodsfield and Brian Post from Corning were flown by Medflight to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Brian McLaughlin and Jeremy Hasman of Glouster, as well as Todd Sinift of Corning, were transported by local EMS to area hospitals.
"Took us a while to get everybody loaded up, and on a squad and get them out of there. We had to call in a Lifeflight, Medflight, the helicopter, to transport at least two of the patients to Columbus hospitals. Two of the individuals were taken to the O’Blenness Center, down in Athens County, and one to Good Samaritan Hospital."
Mine General Superintendent James Riffle advised that mine safety officials would be investigating the incident.