One of the bereaved in the Sago Mine disaster, who lost his father, was now counseling families distraught over the loss of their loved ones, Manchin said.
The force of the blast was so severe, Manchin said that the rail which "most of your equipment and shuttles and man trips run off [...] look[ed] like a pretzel" after the explosion.
"One of the miners that is missing was on the long wall, three were working in a mine section together," he told reporters.
He said that he expects more information to be released later today, but counseled well-wishers against coming to the site of the explosion, "if they want to help they should help through the local Red Cross and pray."
"In West Virginia our clergy is our grief counselors; I don't know how to explain it, the people were just so solid and they're coming together."
ABC News' Cleopatra Andreadis and The Associated Press contributed to this report.