Search continues for worker in coal slurry pond

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 1, 2012 at 9:54 am •  Published: December 1, 2012
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SHINNSTON, W.Va. (AP) — Rescue crews continue to search a Harrison County coal slurry for a missing energy company worker.

The bulldozer operator has been missing since an embankment collapsed Friday at the Nolans Run impoundment of Pennsylvania-based Consol Energy's Robinson Run mine. Two engineers who tumbled into the water along with the bulldozer operator were rescued. They were treated at hospitals and released.

Consol spokeswoman Lynn Seay says the search for the missing worker was suspended at midnight and resumed Saturday morning. Crews were draining the pond and using sonar equipment.

The accident occurred the same day an electrician, 27-year-old Steven O'Dell of Mount Nebo, was killed when he became caught between a scoop and a continuous mining machine at a White Buck Coal Co. mine in Greenbrier County.