(USA TODAY) -- Two miners were trapped and died in a coal mine near Wharton, W.Va., late Monday, according to state police and federal mine safety officials.
Amy Louviere of the Mining Safety and Health Administration told the Associated Press in an e-mail Tuesday morning that a ground failure occurred at the mine around 8:30 p.m. Monday. She said the miners' bodies have been recovered, and personnel from the agency were on the site.
The accident occurred at the Brody Mine #1 in Boone County, in the southwest part of the state. It is owned by St. Louis-based Patriot Coal.
In October, the MSHA designated the mine as a pattern violator, meaning it had repeatedly broken federal health and safety regulations in the previous year.
The MSHA report cited the mine for such alleged violations as methane hazards, emergency preparedness/escapeway hazard and roof hazards.
The letter accompanying the citation said a "Pattern of Violations" designation was based on a determination of "repeated violations of mandatory health or safety standards at the mine that could significantly and substantially contribute to the cause and effect of safety or health hazards ..."