On Thursday, August 14, a serious coal mine accident occurred in East Texas at the Thermo Mine—approximately 80 miles outside of Dallas. According to a statement released by the mine owner Luminant, the workers had been operating near an out-of-service lignite storage silo when they came into contact with what has since been categorized as "hot debris." Per the Hopkins County Fire Department Chief, the workers suffered severe burns as they fought the silo fire from hot ash and burning embers that fell down.
Five of the six workers were taken to Hopkins County Memorial Hospital; from there, they were all taken to Parkland Hospital in Dallas, with one being airlifted and the rest being transported via ambulance. The injured workers are still hospitalized for their injuries; however, they have since been listed as being in stable condition. The sixth employee injured during the accident was released from Hopkins County Memorial.
Currently, the mine is closed and is being investigated by both the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).