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Apr 29, 2010 10:20 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

2 missing in Kentucky coal mine rock fall

Two coal miners are missing after an underground rock fall in western Kentucky. Tim Miller, an international representative of the United Mine Workers Union, said the accident occurred early Thursday at the Dotiki mine near Providence. Miller described it as a large underground coal mine.

Miller said he was called around 6 a.m. by a woman who had received a call from the mine, operated by Alliance Coal Company. The woman said she was told her husband and her son, who were working in the mine, were safe, but that two other miners were missing. Miller described a rock fall as a ceiling collapse, usually in an isolated area.

He said the Dotiki Mine is a large operation that employs more than 300 miners.

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