RIP Upper Big Branch Mine 29

By David Schoetz

Apr 10, 2010 11:24am

 "We did not receive the miracle we had prayed for." West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin III made that announcement late last night, after an agonizing week of waiting for news from Upper Big Branch Mine in West Virginia coal country. Though most acknowledged that chances of survival were slim for the four unaccounted for miners, there was still the possibility of a miracle. Late last night, that hope was extinguished, as search-and-rescue teams finally reached the four — bringing the death toll to 29, the worst U.S. mine disaster in more than 40 years.  The bodies of twenty-two of the miners still need to be recovered from inside the mine, while now the focus can shift toward what went wrong. Even this morning, there are new safety questions involving the mine company.Our condolences to the entire Upper Big Branch mining community. Embedded below this morning's "GMA" report from David Kerley.  

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