Families mourn lost miners

Over the weekend, families and friends were mourning the 12 West Virginia miners who perished in the aftermath of an explosion.

BY DISASTER NEWS NETWORK | BALTIMORE | January 8, 2006


Over the weekend, families and friends were mourning the 12 West Virginia miners who perished in the aftermath of an explosion.

The miners were alive at least 10 hours after the explosion. Rescuers were unable to enter the mine until 11 hours after the blast because they were waiting for dangerous gases to clear.

The miners were brought out about 40 hours after the explosion. There was one survivor, 26-year-old Randal McCloy, Jr., who was in critical condition this weekend with possible brain damage.

After being told that the remaining 12 miners were found alive early Wednesday, mine company officials then said only one miner was found alive.

The owners of the mine, International Coal Group (ICG), said the company never gave that information directly to families. ICG President Ben Hatfield said in a briefing that the incorrect information must have been spread to the families when people overhead miscommunication amongst rescue workers.

The Sago Mine is about 100 miles northeast of Charleston. An explosion occurred early Monday.

The cause of the blast was unknown, but some people speculated it was caused by a lightning strike as a line of storms moved through the area early Monday.


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