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April 6th, 2010
04:49 PM ET

Photo Gallery: Coal mine explosion in West Virginia

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Twenty-five miners were killed during an explosion at the Massey Energy Company's Upper Big Branch Coal Mine on Monday April 5. The accident was the worst mining disaster in the United States in 25 years.


A section on the Upper Big Branch Mine on April 6, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia. Rescue efforts for four miners that remain unaccounted for have been suspended due to conditions underground.


Families leave near a section of the Upper Big Branch Mine on April on April 6, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia.


Michelle McKinney's father, Benny Willingham, died in yesterday's mine explosion, near a section of the Upper Big Branch Mine on April 6, 2010 in Montcoal, West Virginia.


West Virginia State Highway Patrol officers talk to one another near a section of the Upper Big Branch Mine on April on April 6.


Kevin Stricklin (L), an administrator with the Mine Safety and Health Administration, speaks alongside West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin at a press conference.


A note is posted at Marsh Fork Worship Center in Eunice, West Virginia, near the Upper Big Branch coal mine.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Norm Pelland

    May the Lord protect and bless all minors and their families. This company is reported to have been cited over 100 times this year for safety violations, primarily venting violations. A full investigation must be performed and violations resulting in severe fines must be levied on that corporation.

    April 6, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  2. Sharlhabil Mohammed Sumaila

    I send much condolence to innocent workers of the Messey Energy Company who have lost their lives as a result of this explosion and to all the families of such victims ,all their love ones and anyone who might have been affected or will be affected one way or the other .May the LORD safe us from such a painful occurrences....Amen

    April 6, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  3. Neil B Maier

    God bless the Families, our Prayers are with them all.
    "These disasters MUST stop, we are losing to many good men, and to many families are getting ruined"

    April 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  4. Jerry

    It really doesn't mater where people are struck by a tragedy. Until this incident I never felt - as I should have - about mine incidents happened in places such as China.

    My prayers with victims and their families

    April 6, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  5. cecy

    Sad tradgic! Without words

    April 6, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  6. Donna Freeman

    I am saying a prayer for the family and friends of the lost miners. Hopefully they will be able to rescue the other four.

    April 6, 2010 at 3:28 pm |