The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


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Gilbert Spence, with Vecellio & Grogan Inc., climbs into an excavator equipped with a giant jackhammer used to break up large chunks of rock Monday afternoon during cleanup at the site of this weekend's massive rock slide on W.Va. 3 between Sundial and Pettry Bottom. Vecellio & Grogan has been contracted by the Division of Highways to clear the slide, and workers at the site, using explosives and heavy excavators, had broken up and removed most of the larger portions of the blockage as of Monday. Crews are hopeful the road is passable for their heavy equipment today. However, they stress that a significant amount of work above the slide is still needed before Coal River Road can completely re-open.