Patriot Coal, headquartered in Creve Coeur, confirmed Tuesday that two of its miners in West Virginia were killed in a "severe coal burst."
Eric Legg, 48, and Gary Hensley, 46, were working in Brody Mine No. 1, about 50 miles south of Charleston, W.VA., when the accident occurred just after 8:45 p.m. Monday.
"We express our deepest sympathies to Eric's and Gary's families, friends and co-workers," said Mike Day, Patriot executive vice president of operations. "We are fully cooperating with state and federal mine regulatory agencies to investigate this incident."
Miners from across the country marching down Market St. in downtown St. Louis on Jan. 29. They protested a Peabody Energy/Patriot Coal plan to cut pension and health care programs following Patriot's bankruptcy.
More than a thousand United Mine Workers of America members were back in St. Louis on Monday, the latest in a series of protests against Peabody Energy and its handling of their retirement and health care benefits.