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.