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April 8th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

Mine rescuers forced to turn back

Naoma, West Virginia (CNN) - Rescue crews seeking four miners missing after an explosion in a West Virginia coal mine were pulled from the mine Thursday because deteriorating air quality posed the threat of a new blast, officials said.

The crews were ordered to turn back about 9:30 a.m., said Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.

As the rescuers - 32 in all, in four teams - were in the mine, officials began to get deteriorating readings on air exiting a borehole drilled into the mine Wednesday, Stricklin said.

"We do not base pulling people on one sample," he said. "We looked at a couple of samples. They were all very consistent."

The readings showed levels of carbon monoxide, methane and hydrogen rising to potentially explosive levels, endangering the rescuers. FULL STORY

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  1. WV Proud

    I think it is a shame how John Roberts portrays WV and the town of Whitesville. He stated that it was the pooriest town in the country. That is not true.There is poor in every state not just WV! He also stated that the women have nothing better to do but to collect cans on the side of the road for money. Come on thats ridiculous. I think they should send him out of WV. He is supposed to be covering a tragedy not making fun of our state & our people on national TV.!! These families are devastated enough. For me, I can say I love living here, I'm from a major city and would not live that way again. Pray for our miners!

    April 9, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  2. Sandee

    There was on earthquake 4/4/10 at about 4am in Gassaway, WV, 11 hours before the mine explosion. Gassaway to Montcoal is less than 50 miles and the earthquake was nearly a 4. Could there be a correlation or cause and I'm surprised I have heard nothing about it on anyone's news, even if only to say there was no relationship. There were no other recent earthquakes in that area.


    April 9, 2010 at 8:50 am |
  3. good ol boy

    Looks like tiger woods story wins again,huh? what a shame!

    April 9, 2010 at 8:45 am |
  4. darlene

    i would just like the people of mining accident to know that i will never again take for grantid the power i use every day and that my prayers are with you.

    April 9, 2010 at 8:09 am |
  5. Elizabeth

    Where has WV US Senator Jay Rockefeller been on this? Is it true that the Rockefeller's own all of the mineral rights and that Massey Coal leases them from the Rockefellers? What is the senator's role in mine safety?

    April 9, 2010 at 5:59 am |