(04/07/2006)
Two more West Virginia miners were killed today, adding to the tragedy already experienced in 2006.

Investigators with the state Office of Mine Safety Health and Training say the miners were killed in separate accidents in Boone and Mingo.

The first miner died at noon at the Mystic Energy Candace Number-2 Mine in Boone County. He died after being pulled into a conveyor system.

The second accident took place at around 3 pm at the Jacobs Number-1 Mine at Naugatuck in Mingo County. That miner, a locomotive operator was killed in a roof fall.

There have now been 18 mining deaths this year in the Mountain State.

Following today's accidents, coal operators reported to the state office within 15 minutes after they occurred, a provision that is part of the new mine safety law.

State and federal investigators are at the sites.


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