More details emerge on Air Quality incident

FEDERAL and company officials have released new details regarding an underground incident at a Peabody Energy mine in Indiana last weekend that injured two workers.

Donna Schmidt

US Mine Safety and Health Administration spokesperson Amy Louviere told ILN Monday afternoon that the incident, on Saturday morning at the company’s Air Quality No. 1 mine near Vincennes, involved failure of the brakes on a mantrip.

A spokesperson for the operator, Meg Gallagher, added in an ILN interview that an emergency response team responded quickly to assist the two, whose identities have not been released.

“One worker, who has six years of experience at the mine, was treated and released,” she said.

“The second, a 14-year veteran of the operation, remains at Deaconness [Medical Center] with non-life threatening injuries.”

Both MSHA and Peabody confirmed their respective investigations into the incident have commenced.

Local media said immediately after the incident that although serious, the injuries were not life-threatening.