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Two trapped after Kentucky mine roof falls

Dotiki Mine at the Hopkins/Webster Co. line on Highway 502, near Nebo, KY Dotiki Mine at the Hopkins/Webster Co. line on Highway 502, near Nebo, KY

HOPKINS CO., KY (WFIE/AP) - Emergency crews are on the scene of an accident at a mine in Western Kentucky

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According to a statement released by the mine Thursday morning, the accident happened around 10:00 Wednesday night.

Mine officials say two underground mine employees were trapped when a piece of the mine's roof fell unexpectedly.

Those miners were about five miles from the entrance.

So far, efforts to contact the miners have been unsuccessful.

A United Mine Workers Union representative says at least two others escaped the collapse. More than 300 miners work at Dotiki, but such a ceiling collapse is usually in an isolated area.

Officials with the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Kentucky Office of Mine Safety and Licensing are on the scene to help with the rescue effort.

The mine, which is owned by Alliance Coal, covers more than one hundred acres.

According to an article published in Business Week earlier this month, the Dotiki mine has accumulated 321 significant and substantial violations.

Mine officials said in a release that they have contacted the trapped miner's families.

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