Sunday, May 27, 2012

Double Bogged Dozers

Another old one sent in by a reader. From the Leigh Creek coal mine.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Four Years Old!

Mining Mayhem is four years old this week. I'd like to use this chance to say a big 'thank you' to all the regular readers of the blog, and to all those who've sent through photos. Some amazing ones have come through this year.

In Mining Mayhem tradition, we've got a video today.

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Burnt Bomb Truck

Some more great photos sent in this week my a reader. The float must have caught on fire, and then set fire to its cargo, a million-dollar bomb truck. This incident happend on the 3rd May, at Brockman.

Sunday, May 6, 2012

Mingo Train Load-Out Derailment and Collapse

From WOWK-TV, July 2009:
Wharncliffe -- Tuesday afternoon investigators were still sifting through the rubble, trying to find out why a train derailed at the Black Bear Preparation Plant in the Wharncliffe community of Mingo County.

That derailment knocked out the support beams of the "Load Out" at the coal mine, causing the structure to collapse. The Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department was one of the first on the scene.

"It's about a 70 foot building. It's just flat on the ground, debris everywhere, metal axles from the train cars laying beside the rail and stuff," said Joshua Vance of the Wharncliffe Volunteer Fire Department.

Vance says three were trapped in the debris-two coal miners and the train's conductor. They were taken to the hospital, one with serious injuries, two others with minor injuries. He adds that five train cars came off the tracks to cause the building collapse, creating a sight many say they'll never forget.

"Ain't never happened around here before. It ain't never happened. It's bad," said J.R Cline of Wharncliffe.

The mine is owned by Alpha Natural Resources of Virginia. The Office of Miner's Health, Safety and Training is investigating the incident.