Accident At Texas Coal Mine Leaves 6 Workers Injured

THERMO (August 14, 2014) Six workers suffered burns from falling debris as they prepared an idle coal mine in Thermo to resume operations this fall.

Five of the six were in stable condition Thursday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, the mine’s owner, Luminant, said.

The sixth worker was treated and later released from a hospital in Sulphur Springs.

Luminant says the unit has been inactive for months.

The employees were near an out-of-service lignite storage silo where they unexpectedly came in contact with "hot debris."

The workers sustained hand and leg burns.

Hot ash and burning embers fell on the workers, Hopkins County Fire Department Chief Kevin Yates said.

The accident was reported to federal safety officials.