West Virginia Mine Blast Kills 12, Only One Survivor
Jan. 4 (Bloomberg) -- Twelve miners died following an explosion at a West Virginia mine Jan. 2, with only one man surviving, the company said today. The news emerged just hours after reports suggested that 12 of the men had survived.
At a press conference carried live by international broadcasters, International Coal Group Inc. President and Chief Executive Officer Ben Hatfield said that an earlier message from the rescue team to a command centre suggesting that there had been multiple survivors had been a ``miscommunication.''
``What happened was a miscommunication from the rescue team, a miscommunication between that point and the command centre,'' said Hatfield.
The dead men appeared to have been killed by carbon monoxide poisoning, said Hatfield.
The relatives of the dead men, whose hopes were raised by the earlier reports of many survivors, had reason to be angry, said Hatfield. ``These families are grief stricken and frankly angry. They certainly have some basis for their frustration, having been put through this emotional roller coaster,'' said Hatfield.
The bodies of the dead men have yet to be brought to the surface but that process is under way, Hatfield said.
Again my prayers go out to all the families that have lost a loved one in this tragedy.