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Mine Disaster / West Virginia / Schools / Safety #440796

NBC Evening News for Friday, Nov 22, 1968
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(Studio) 2 new explosions in coal mine where 78 miners trapped. Fires spreading.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Farmington, West Virginia) Explosions blew 20 ton seal out of shaft. Smoke shown at mine's entrances. Rescue impossible. Families wait in company store. Some miners point out hazards found in federal inspections that still exist. [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) Lewis EVANS - says not here to defense company but report facts. Fed. inspection report shows the mine in good condition the day the inspector left.] If mine closed, Farmington would dry up. [School Principal Orven POWELL - says children calm and taking things well.] [Teacher Mrs. Walter LOOMAN - describes boy whose father is trapped. He participates in school work. Her miner husband doesn't think men alive. Will wait and see; miracle could happen.] [LOOMAN - hopes but afraid there's no hope.]
REPORTER: Fred Briggs

(Studio) Mine No. 9 has history of mining rule violations that were corrected.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Studio) Bureau of Mines records show this mine caused 23 deaths. No deaths in 1910-1954. 16 killed in 1954. 3 more killed in 1958-1966. In 1965, 4 killed in explosion. National Safety Council reports industry deaths highest in US.
REPORTER: John Chancellor

Briggs, Fred;
Chancellor, John;
Huntley, Chet

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