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Mine Disaster / West Virginia #440820

NBC Evening News for Monday, Nov 25, 1968
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(Studio) More explosions at coal mine where 78 trapped.
REPORTER: Chet Huntley

(Farmington, West Virginia) 2 rescue squads say gas forced them to turn back 2-4 mi. from where men are thought to be. Holes drilled into chambers where miners are. Microphone dropped to hear sounds of life. [MAN - says doesn't hear anything but water. Crackling noise probably sounds of small stones.] Smoke pours from mine after new explosion. [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) spokesperson Rex LAUCK - says explosive mixtures of methane gas and fire are in mine. Not ruled out sending rescue teams back in mine when conditions favorable.] Friends and families of miners gather in church. Asked mine representatives to keep reporters and outsiders away.

Huntley, Chet

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