$100,000 Settlement For Coal Miners’ Families
CUMBERLAND, Md. (AP) — Two families will split $100,000 in a settlement of a wrongful death suit brought after two coal miners were killed in a high-wall collapse.
The Times-News of Cumberland reports that the families of Dale Jones, 51, of Lonaconing and Michael Wilt, 38, of Frostburg and Tri-Star Mining and other defendants in the civil suit reached the agreement Thursday in Allegany County Circuit Court.
Jones and Wilt were killed in April 2007 when a high wall collapsed and they were buried by 93,000 tons of rubble at the Barton strip mine site.
Tri-Star was cited by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration for failure to establish a safe ground-control plan in the area.
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