Sad news out of West Virginia. Rescue teams finally made their way into the mine late last night to locate survivors, only to discover the four missing miners dead. That brings the death toll at the Montcoal mine to 29, making it the worst mine disaster since 38 miners died in an explosion in Kentucky in 1970.
It’s worth noting that there were 31 people in the mine at the time of the explosion. Only two people made it out; one is in intensive care, and the other has been released from the hospital.
The last four miners never even had a chance. Ken Ward of the West Virginia Gazette reports that “none of the miners had a chance to use their breathing devices, and none of the refuge chambers had been deployed.”
Rescue teams are beginning to extract the bodies from the mine. Now the process begins to figure out what went wrong and who will be held accountable.