Men Trapped in Ohio County Mine Accident Identified

by Erica Peterson on October 28, 2011

The Kentucky Cabinet of Energy and the Environment has released the names of two men trapped on an Ohio County surface mine. They are Darrel Winstead, a 47-year-old blaster from Madisonville, KY and 23-year-old Samuel Lindsey, a blaster helper from Mortons Gap. A cabinet spokeswoman said the two men work for a company called Memsco.

Rescue crews have stabilized an overhang at the Equality surface mine near Centertown. A highwall collapsed around 6:45 this morning, burying Winstead and Lindsey in their one-ton truck. The condition of the men is still unknown, but the effort is still categorized as a “rescue mission,” which means authorities believe there’s a chance the men are alive.

The families of the two blasters are gathered at a church in Centertown.

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