Mine Victim Identified
The victim in Wednesday's fatal mine explosion has been identified. 34-year old Brandon Townsend of Mingo County died after a hydraulic jack exploded on a belt press, and one other worker was injured. The US Mine Safety and Health Administration says this was the second coal-mining death so far this year, and the first in West Virginia. It happened at Patriot Coal subsidiary Midland Trail Energy's Five Mile Prep Plant in the Campbells Creek area of Kanawha County. State and federal officials are investigating.