• Short Summary

    Rescue workers yesterday (Thursday, December 31) braved carbon monoxide fumes 1,500 feet (450 metres) underground in Kentucky, as they recovered the bodies of 38 men killed in the state's worst ever mining disaster.

  • Description

    Rescue workers yesterday (Thursday, December 31) braved carbon monoxide fumes 1,500 feet (450 metres) underground in Kentucky, as they recovered the bodies of 38 men killed in the state's worst ever mining disaster.

    On Wednesday evening an explosion ripped through shaft of the Finley Coal Company's mine, dug horizontally into a mountain on the edge of the small town of Hyden. Only one miner escaped the blast. Mr. A.T. Collins was standing just inside the mouth of the shaft and the force of the explosion threw him clear.

    Other miners blamed coal dust for the explosion. There were no roof collapses in the mine so all the bodies were recovered quickly once the rescue operation got under way. One official said the miners must have dies instantaneously.

    President Nixon has sent his sympathy to the families and relatives of the dead miners. The mine was closed by federal inspectors last June because of dangerous conditions but was re-opened after three days. Safety inspectors will begin an on-the-site investigation tomorrow (Saturday).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5RQQEHZ0JVHGU873MHVMU790L
    Media URN:
    VLVA5RQQEHZ0JVHGU873MHVMU790L
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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