Saturday, April 10, 2010

Last Massey (NYSE:MEE) Miners Found Dead

Four Missing Massey Miners Found Dead

The four missing miners of the Massey Energy explosion at the Upper Big Branch in West Virginia were found dead, bringing the total death count to 29, now the worst disaster since 1970.

Hopes were the four had reached a place of safety prepared for miners in situations like these, but rescuers said they were killed instantly in the explosion, and had no chance to try to reach safety.

Rescuers had actually passed the four bodies before, but conditions kept them from seeing them.

While cited numerous times for safety violations, the company did improve many of them in response to those violations, and while the numbers look huge, officials from the company said much of that has to do with the size of the mine, which is one of the largest in the state.

The investigation itself as to the cause of the explosion will take months to complete.

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