April 6th, 2010
10:08 AM ET

Search for miners after deadly blast could take days

John Roberts | BIO
Anchor, American Morning

It could take up to two days to drill bore holes into a sprawling West Virginia coal mine, scene of a massive blast that left at least 25 miners dead, a mining official said Tuesday.

Bulldozers will be used to clear a path through the hills and bring in equipment to reach the affected part of the Upper Big Branch Mine, Kevin Stricklin of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said.

The holes will be drilled 1,200 feet down to help ventilate the mine and collect samples. Rescue crews early Tuesday halted their efforts to reach four miners still unaccounted for, as concentrations of methane and carbon monoxide posed a safety risk, Stricklin said.

"We're hoping to bulldoze our way up there today," he said. "And probably a good guesstimate would be about two days, to get the bore hole into the mine."

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  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Americans stand on the backs of miners and the loss of one miner is a loss for us all. While we pray for them and their families, let's not forget to thank them becuse they give us all so much.

    April 6, 2010 at 12:28 pm |
  2. adam,colorado

    I am a 28 yr old coal miner in colorado with a family of 3 little girls. My family depends on the benefits of the job just as these families do. No words can say how sorry and sad I am for my coal mining brothers and their families. I will keep you in my prayers.

    April 6, 2010 at 10:33 am |