NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 13, 1971
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(Studio) 7 killed by poison gas in Illinois coal mine yesterday.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Golconda, Illinois) Mine Mgr. Wayne Fowler had warned miners of concentrations of hydrogen sulfide. [FOWLER - says miners knew not to go into certain section of mine; after 1st miner did and didn't return, others went to attempt' rescue.] State Inspectors discover Mine Company failed to report poison gas buildup as law requires. [Department of Mines Director David GULLEY - in response to reporter's questions, says not informed of gas buildup; Mine Company's responsibility to inform department of it; if found danger, would have shut mine down.] State may prosecute for failure to report gas buildup.
REPORTER: David Klein