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Mine Disaster / West Virginia / Reactions / Udall #440777

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Nov 21, 1968
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(Studio) Company representatives say mine conditions stabilized in mine where 78 trapped. Fires burn in shaft; no explosion since noon. Map of mine shown.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Mannington, West Virginia) Fires and smoke shown. Feared gas will cause more explosions. Rescue still impossible. Families wait in company store. [EXEC. Vice President company William POUNDSTONE - says fire spread during night. Won't give up hope while there's chance to reduce fire. Won't seal off mine to shut off air to fire. Mine ventilation fans still running. Will seal off mine if other tries to contain fire fail. Hopes dim due to explosion during night.] [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) President W. A. BOYLE - says company 1 of better as far as cooperation and safety concerned. Shares grief; says he is shaken. Danger of explosions always connected with coal mining.] Company representatives talk to families. Miners see little chance for trapped miners' recovery.
REPORTER: Sidney Lazard WIIC-TV Narrates

(Studio) Some families had to evacuate homes due to carbon monoxide in smoke from mine.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Studio) United States Bureau of Mines in Interior Department
REPORTER: David Brinkley

(DC) [Interior Secretary Stewart UDALL - says mine has history of explosions. Ind., labor unions, and Interior Department haven't done enough re: coal mine safety. Safer methods must be found. Opinion of Bureau of Mines Director that more should be done.]
REPORTER: No reporter given

Brinkley, David;
Huntley, Chet

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