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Utah / Mine Disaster / Mine Safety #88281

ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 21, 1984
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(Studio) Mine reported afire again. 18 miners said still missing and rescue teams likely in jeopardy. 9 miners said already found dead. Scenes shown. Technical problems said preventing report from UT. Mine safety concerns noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(DC) Wilberg mine in Utah said having spotty safety record. Scenes shown. Record given. Overheating of equipment resulting from effort to set coal-production record blamed for fire. [UMW (United Mine Workers of America, International Union) President Richard TRUMKA - notes risk of attempts to set production records.] Earlier complaints with regard to mine said cause of concern. [TRUMKA - charges improper operation.] Congress said promising quick hearings with regard to Utah tragedy, resulting in new regulations for whole industry
REPORTER: Dean Reynolds

(Studio) 9 dead miners said probably killed in attempt to escape; Ken. Blake's escape noted. Telephone conversation with Blake played [BLAKE - recalls details of disaster and his escape.] Later report promised. Upcoming items announced.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Reynolds, Dean

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