Two Killed in Separate W. Virginia Mine Accidents

Two workers were killed in separate accidents at underground coal mines in West Virginia on Friday, bringing the state's mining death toll for the year to 18.

A miner was apparently caught and pulled into a conveyor system at a Mystic Energy mine near Wharton, said Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

At a Jacob Mining Co. mine near Naugutack, rock and roof support material fell on a 15-ton locomotive, killing the operator, Louviere said.

Twelve miners died after an explosion Jan. 2 at the Sago Mine.