Kentucky governor declares emergency as men trapped under collapsed building


The governor of Kentucky declared a state of emergency after a building collapsed in the state on two men.

Gov. Andy Beshear announced it at around 6.25 a.m., on platform X, formerly known as Twitter, that the decision is made in order to mobilize state resources to rescue the two men.

“Kentucky, please join Britainy and me in praying for their safety and for the brace teams working to rescue them,” wrote Beshear, drawing a reference to his wife.


The men have been trapped since Tuesday evening in Kentucky’s Martin County in a collapsed coal preparation plant. According to CBS News affiliate WYMT, the country first declared a local emergency. As per WYMT, the preparation tower is more than 10 stories tall and the men trapped were working on its demolition.

Martin County Sheriff John Kirk said that he believed the men were on the bottom floor when the building collapsed. He also shared that the rescue team has successfully located one of them, and have spoken with him. As of Wednesday, the second man, has not been located yet.