Yuck! W.V. reporter falls into creek turned black by coal spill and comes out dripping sludge

By David Edwards
Thursday, February 13, 2014 8:25 EDT
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WCHS's Bob Aaron
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West Virginia television reporter Bob Aaron was reporting on the massive of coal slurry that spilled into a creek this week, and took an unfortunate spill of his own.

According to The Associated Press, Fields Creek turned black after 108,000 gallons of coal slurry after a pipe at Patriot Coal’s Kanawha Eagle Prep Plant broke because of ice buildup. By Wednesday, the sludge had flowed one-half mile down the the Kanawha River “before dissipating.” Another six miles of creeks were also impacted.

WCHS’s Bob Aaron’s was broadcasting from the bank of one of those creeks on Tuesday when he lost his balance and tumbled backwards into the black water.

“Oh, God,” he gasps, as he slowly stands to reveal black muck covering his jacket. “Goddammit.”

A note posted by the station assured viewers that “Bob is OK and says he can even laugh about it now.”

Watch the video below from WCHS, uploaded Feb. 12, 2014.

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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