Disproving the proverb that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, the Scotia Coal Company Black Mountain Mine in Partridge, Kentucky, USA, had two explosions in one week - killing a total of 26 people.
GV rescue teams around disaster area.
GV ZOOM IN TO SV mine entrance
GV ambulances and rescue workers around entrance to mine ( 4 shots )
CU State Mine Commissioner H.N. Kirkpatrick speaking
SOF IN: "We have bad news.....
SOF OUT.......all eleven dead".
CU relatives weeping ( 4 shots )
GV rescue workers and relatives
SCU Harvey Sturgill (victim's son) speaking
SOF IN: "At first .....
SOF OUT: ..... techniques."
GV AND CU Funeral service for victims of previous explosion ( 6 shots )
Mine Commissioner H.N. Kirkpatrick
"We have bad news - at twelve-on-seven my rescue team got to the people and all eleven are dead."
Harvey Sturgill (victim's son)
"At first I'm afraid the federal officials - there's some speculation that perhaps they've not been doing the work they should do here - and there's a possibility that the people who have been operating the mines here have not been using (indistinct) safe techniques."
"Today for the second time this week emergency rescue teams rushed to the Scotia Coal Company Black Mountain mine. An investigation team had gone into the same shaft where fifteen miners were killed in an explosion Tuesday night. A second blast last night left eleven of the thirteen men in the investigation team trapped three and half miles from the mine entrance. Two men escaped, but efforts to rescue the trapped men failed today".
"Three of the victims were federal inspectors. The others were miners. The son of one of today's victims blamed the methane gas hazard on lack of federal inspection".
The deaths from last night's explosion were announced at the same time as the funeral services were beginning for the miners killed Tuesday.
Scott Osborne, NBC News, Partridge, Kentucky
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Background: Disproving the proverb that lightning never strikes twice in the same place, the Scotia Coal Company Black Mountain Mine in Partridge, Kentucky, USA, had two explosions in one week - killing a total of 26 people.
The first took place on Tuesday (9 March), claiming the lives of 15 miners. By Friday (12 March) an investigation team had gone into the shaft where the explosion had occurred and while they were underground a second blast left 11 of the 13 men in the team trapped. Efforts to rescue them met with no success and as the funeral for the victims of the first explosion was taking place it was announced that all 11 had been found dead.
Three of Friday's victims were federal inspectors and the others miners. With local feelings running high, allegations were made by relatives of the dead miners that the mine had become unsafe because of unchecked methane gas leakages ignored by federal mine inspectors.
SYNOPSIS: In the United States two explosions in the same shaft of the same mine in the state of Kentucky killed a total of twenty-six people in one week. NBC reporter Scott Osborne takes up the story...........