4 Injured After Train Derails At WVa Coal Site

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Wharncliffe, W.Va. (AP) -- A Norfolk Southern spokesman says four people were hurt today after a train derailed and struck a loading facility at a Mingo County coal preparation plant.

Norfolk Southern spokesman Robin Chapman says one victim suffered serious injuries but they're not considered life threatening.

State Office of Miners' Health, Safety and Training spokeswoman Jama Jarrett says the other victims were taken to an area hospital for evaluation of what appeared to be minor injuries.

Chapman says three of the victims work at the plant in Wharncliffe and the fourth is a Norfolk Southern conductor, who suffered minor injuries.

Their names haven't been released.

The accident occurred at about 7:30 a.m. today at the Black Bear preparation plant in Mingo County. Chapman says five cars derailed.

The preparation plant is operated by a subsidiary of Abindgon, Va.-based Alpha Natural Resources.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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