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Mine Disaster / West Virginia / Udall / Safety #198494

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 21, 1968
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(Studio) 78 miners still trapped.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Farmington, West Virginia) Fires continue, rescue impossible. Executive Vice President company, William N. Poundstone says underground fire spreads E. away from men. Air in mines tested. [Consolidation Coal Company POUNDSTONE - won't seal off mine to shut off air supply to fire. Running mine ventilation fans in case men alive. Will seal it if all other tries to stop fire and reach men fail. Hopes dim due to recent explosion. Trying to reach mine interior.] [President UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) W. A. "Tony" BOYLE - says won't give up hope but looks very dark.] [Public relations consultant, John ROBERTS - says oxygen going into mines if anyone alive. Won't seal off mine until decided it's impossible to contain fire. Last night's explosion spread fire. Talks about people down in mine.] 5,000 miners died while working since 1952 when Mine Safety Act passed.

(Studio) Interior Secretary, Stewart Udall, sends 2 federal inspectors.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(DC) [UDALL - doesn't think industry, labor unions and interior department have done enough about coal mine safety.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

(DC) In 1954, explosion caused in same mine due to insufficient blanket of rock dust over coal dust. 16 killed. Three months ago. federal inspectors found 15 pieces electrical equipment violating safety laws and coal dust unprotected in 4 places. Violations corrected but illegal coal dust found in mine for last 5 years.
REPORTER: George Herman

Cronkite, Walter;
Hart, John;
Herman, George

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