Theodore's World: 25 Killed In West Virginia Mine Blast ~ Prayers For These Families

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April 07, 2010

25 Killed In West Virginia Mine Blast ~ Prayers For These Families

Montcoal, West Virginia

The death toll from the massive explosion at a sprawling coal mine in West Virginia rose to 25 early Tuesday, making it the deadliest U.S. mining disaster in 25 years. Crews halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for at the Upper Big Branch Mine following the blast Monday afternoon.

Concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide inside the mine made it a safety risk for crews to proceed, said Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration at a 2 a.m. briefing to reporters. Officials planned to drill bore holes from the surface 1,200 feet into the mines to help ventilate it and to collect samples. However, they will first have to use bulldozers to clear a path to reach the part of the mine where they can drill.


Wild Thing's comment........

This is so sad, prayers for these families and loved ones.

Posted by Wild Thing at April 7, 2010 06:40 AM


Yes! A prayer for the survivors and families and those of the fallen. They were only doing their jobs when this happened. My husband still has many family members in the Charleston, WV area and that is a tight knit family oriented area of the country. They do care about their neighbors and their families. So send a prayer skyward for all involved. They need it now more than ever.

Posted by: Lynn at April 7, 2010 08:18 AM

I'm praying for them. Maybe by a miracle some may be found alive.

Posted by: TomR at April 7, 2010 10:44 AM

It just really gets me, these men and usually their entire family all the men in them do this work in mines. It is so devastating when these tragic things happen.

Posted by: Wild Thing at April 8, 2010 03:08 AM