Mining Disaster At Montcoal In West Virginia (W.Va.) An Extremely Deadly One

April 9th, 2010 - 10:44 pm ICT by Pen Men At Work  

April 9, 2010 (Pen Men at Work): Twenty-five people have lost their lives in what is being referred to as the most fatal mining tragedy in the history of America. This has happened in Montcoal, West Virginia (W.Va.), where an explosion in a mine liquidated 25 miners and wounded many more.

Rescue crews faced enormous crises while attempting to reach the four missing miners due to the signs of fire in the underground refuge chamber. It was the third time since the Monday blast that the rescuers have had to pull out as a consequence of hazardous conditions. Men, who made it out, vocalized that the blast was due to a spark igniting a pocket of methane gas that had been building up underground.

Initial search mentioned such harsh damages at the upper Big Branch Mine that the train rails in the mines got twisted. Governor Joe Manchin, after witnessing the horrible condition of the train rails, uttered that it had to be a horrifying detonation to produce this sort of damage.

Several churches along the site of the explosion unbolted their doors to the family members and friends of the dead and missing miners. Crisis squads were also welcomed into the places of veneration, many of which were supplying food. Pastors were observed reassuring the inconsolable relatives of the deceased miners.

With an explosion of this type, which takes all the oxygen out, the odds of survival of the ensnared miners appear miserable.

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