Miners released from hospital after Pa. rock fall

APOLLO, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania coal mine remained closed while federal and state agencies investigate why a rock fell from a support pillar, but two injured miners have been released from the hospital.

Jim Barker, vice president of Rosebud Mining of Kittanning, says one worker was released Monday night, hours after the incident, while the second got out of the hospital Tuesday. The company isn’t releasing their names.

The miners were hurt Monday afternoon at the Tracy Lynne mine in Kiskiminetas Township, about 35 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. The state Department of Environmental Protection says a nearly 4-foot section of rock fell from the ceiling, injuring one miner’s knee and the other’s back.

The state Bureau of Mine Safety and the federal Mine Safety Health Administration continued investigating while the mine was closed Wednesday.

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