Mining Safety Device Disabled Before Deadly W.Va. Coal Blast, Workers Say

Weeks before the massive West Virginia mine explosion that killed 29 workers, say some survivors, an electrician disabled a crucial piece of safety equipment so the underground work could continue even as dangerous levels of methane gas was accumulating around them. The startling assertion came from three of the Upper Big Branch mine's survivors in interviews with National Public Radio that aired this morning. The news outlet quoted one of the miners, Ricky Lee Campbell, a 24-year-old coal...Full Story
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