Skip to comments.Report: 6 Dead in W. Va. Coal Mine Blast: 21 Unaccounted For
Posted on 04/05/2010 3:17:41 PM PDT by Steelfish
Report: 6 dead in W. Va. coal mine blast 21 unaccounted for; emergency crews on the scene BREAKING NEWS msnbc.com staff and news service reports updated less than 1 minute ago CHARLESTON, W.Va. - An explosion at an underground West Virginia coal mine on Monday killed at least six people and left 21 unaccounted for, a state mining official said.
The accident happened around 4:30 Monday afternoon at Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County, about 30 miles south of Charleston.
The West Virginia state police confirmed an "incident," but had no further information.
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Very dangerous work.
I pray for those miners.
God bless them all..
Prayers that those missing men are found alive.
Praying for these men!!!
My grandfather was a coal miner years ago in England. A job I would not want my husband to do!!
God Bless Them and protect them!!!
Prayers up for all these men, and for family members waiting for them to be found.
Lord, be merciful unto them!
You have to be so careful with a mine with gas....ventilation is key..I mean fresh air is a must!!Something went wrong. This is bad very bad..Prayers for the miners and their families. Something could of happened and the men knew noting about it till it was too late.
God be with their families. How hard it must be to have a loved one go down in a mine every day.
May God comfort their families in their time of need and sorrow.
These guys really are all heroes. You can’t even imagine the danger they face every day, yet like soldiers, they love what they do and wouldn’t want to do anything else. I’ve heard it from their own lips.
Oh yes, please God, be there for the guys and their families.
if there was ever a time for Obama to keep his mouth shut this would be it
Time will tell!!!
Hey Roccus, you got anything on this?
My husband is a hard rock miner and this is why he has refused to ever mine coal. Prayers.
Prayers for the miner and their families.
From this son of a coal miner, who was also a son of a coal miner.
My grandfather was a mine inspector called to the scene after disasters such as this. He wrote a book about his experiences. I pray for these miners and their families.
Prayers for these hardworking men and their families.
Prayers up from a boy who’s WV born and raised. Coal mining is in our souls.
May God bless these miners and the families
Sorry, can’t help with this one yet. A woman I know has relatives who work this one, but she hasn’t heard whether they’re involved or not yet.
My grandfather and great-grandfather (and uncles) were all KY coal miners. My thoughts are with all the families there tonight and I hope those missing can be found.
Prayers being said.
Adding my prayers.
Father, protect those missing and comfort the friends and families of those who lost their lives. Father, hear our prayers. Amen
I’ve added these men to my prayers, Nan.
Massey Coal was involved in the buying off of a state supreme court justice. Went to the SCOTUS which reversed. Unfortunately the state supreme court issued a new decision in Massey’s favor. The ruling was corruptly issued.
That said, my prayers are for the miners and their families/friends.
The methane gas and coal dust are both dangerous.
Back in 1979, when Sam Church was the president of the Coal Miners’ Union, he pressed for separate oxygen masks for each miner. I lobbied for a law to be passed, making the masks requirement by law. This being 2010, we know how that effort went down.
I think it’s time I try again.
Would appreciate any info asap. Thanks
12 dead now, and 10 still missing, thousands of feet underground.
God help them!
Things may have changed in the last decade, but there were two basic models: one which generated O2 from a chemical reaction and another that used a small O2 cylinder. Both used filtering technology to fully utilize the supply and remove CO. Some are based on underwater re-breather apparatus developed during WWII. They are supposed to last an hour, but one tends to breath a bit more than normal when under extreme stress or heavy exertion. Consequently, the requirement for additional units stored throughout the mine.
25 confirmed dead..when I heard that number my jaw just dropped..prayers to all those affected by this horrible horrible tragedy
I just heard it...terribly sad.
Four still missing...rescue called off.
Worst American mine disaster since 1984.
yeah its most likely going to be 29 dead, I doubt those 4 still missing are still alive..apparently this mine has had problems in the past..in 1984 27 miners died so this tragedy will be the worst one in American history, at least as far as I know
Massey Energy has just issued a statement on the tragedy:
The rescue effort has been suspended, but will resume “as soon as conditions allow.”
Horribly sad. May God be with the families of these poor men.
25 dead so far...
The trouble with saying, just send money, a la Red Cross, is that if you don’t have any money, you can’t help.
I work for another coal company. How the board puts up with Blankinship running Massey is beyond me. They have the worst safety and environmental record of the top five coal companys in the US.
In today’s world this should not happen. Period.
Prayers for these families.
What I know about this tragedy is what you know. Reprts say methane was involved so, a flash fire had to occur. Something had to ignite the methane, most likely something electrical, a cable perhaps. We actually don’t know all the facts and will have to wait for the results of the investigation.
Sad, so sad.
Massey is gonna be attacked by the media. Don Blankenship will be in the hot seat, for sure.
Just getting caught up here, so I’m sorry this reply is late. There was an explosion in 1968 here in WV that claimed 78 miners