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Kentucky Mine Disaster #42128

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Mar 10, 1976
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(Studio) Rescue crews recover bodies of 15 miners killed in mine accident in e. Kentucky. Safety precautions of mine being questioned.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Whitesburg, Kentucky) Methane gas explosion occurred in mine. Rescue efforts filmed. Mine belongs to Scotia Coal Company [MAN - reads list of dead.] Fed. inspectors had notified Scotia that air in mine was insufficient 24 hrs. before explosion. Suspected that company not adequately monitoring gas levels. Mining is educational topic of "Mt. Eagle" in Whitesburg. Belief exists that enforcement of federal Mine Safety Act has grown lax. [Edward "Mt. Eagle" Tom GISH - believes rules being bent to meet great national need. High mine fatality rate in Kentucky noted.] Federal investigation expected.
REPORTER: Ron Miller

Miller, Ron;
Reasoner, Harry

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