Was you scared under there? That doesn’t sit well with Debbie Hamner, widow of George Hamner and the families’ representative on the hearing panel. In the wake of the Sago tragedy, West Virginia quickly passed a law mandating multiple escapeways. The 12th victim was believed to have been killed by the blast itself. "The American economy rests on the back of our coal miners. David Blevins made the trip from his home in Tuscaloosa, Ala., to honor the miners Sunday. "God definitely has 12 more angels. The testimony Tuesday centered on the mine’s safety record in the year before the explosion and whether state and federal officials had appropriately enforced regulations. The source of the rumors is still unknown, but it was widely reported that 12 miners had survived, prompting newspapers and networks across the country to spread the false story of a "miracle." I think I needed to visualize and see him.". He's in good shape. We can only look forward to the day we will see him again in heaven. It was a day dedicated to honor, hope and healing. He was rushed to a hospital, where he remained unconscious for days. Why? I hope you feel better soon. I know how bad you just want to cry. Another urged 56-year-old Jerry Groves to "enjoy heaven until we get there.". ", "Dear Randal McCloy, I am glad you made it. A memorial service was held yesterday at WV Wesleyan College in Buckhannon for the 12 miners who died in the Sago Mine disaster. Doctors said his youth and health may have helped him. The national media had quickly descended upon Sago, with CNN's Anderson Cooper Fox News' Geraldo Rivera filming live from outside the mine, and locals later accused the national media of inflicting emotional damage by running with unverified reports. newsletter, Hospitalizations: 4,880 | Deaths: 563 | New cases: 1,543, Here’s how to watch, stream the final presidential debate, Sen. 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McAteer said Tuesday that the families’ testimony in such a hearing was rare, but he said: “They have a right to expect that everything necessary will be done to improve mine health and safety conditions in the United States so that the Sago Mine disaster will be remembered as a turning point, as well as a tragedy.”. They also wanted to know why it took MSHA 11 hours to start the search for the trapped crew, and how the false news spread that 12 of the 13 trapped men were alive when all the men but one, Randal McCloy Jr., were dead. "Certainly Mr. McCloy is going to have a tough course," said Dr. John Prescott. I'm so sorry that they didn't get out safely. 12 killed in Sago mine disaster remembered 14 years later . Could disaster have been prevented? These actions sent a message that the age of ...read more, On January 2, 2009, media outlets report that a rare unrestored 1937 Bugatti Type 57S Atalante Coupe has been found in the garage of a British doctor. Sago was the nation's worst coal mining disaster since a pair of explosions at a mine in Brookwood, Ala., killed 13 people in September 2001. “This explosion, I believe, was preventable, and I don’t call this an accident. Thomas P. Anderson, 39, Rock Cave. Are you a Republican, or a Fox News Republican? And I can hear (George) Junior Hamner say 'Does anybody got any cards? Chisolm had 11 years of mining experience and had worked at Sago for a year before the accident. They were brave going in that coal mine and I'm sure they would want you to be brave. Report on the Sago Mine Disaster iii At approximately 6:30 am on January 2, 2006, an explosion occurred at the Sago mine in Upshur County, West Virginia. But the most crucial step to prevent tragedies like Sago has little to do with the specifics of mining — it involves changing the cost-benefit analysis made by corporate executives in … I am very sorry you lost your loved ones, but they will always be in your hearts. 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His own father had been among 13 miners killed in a 2001 mine explosion and fire in Alabama. 13 coal miners are trapped in Sago Mine disaster; 12 die An explosion rocks the Sago Mine in Sago, West Virginia on January 2, 2006. 1 priority," said Rick McGee, McCloy's brother-in-law and a fellow miner who lives next door to McCloy in Simpson, a small town about 35 miles southeast of Morgantown. Just remember them and how much they loved you. A full federal inquiry into the disaster has begun. It is my goal to see that West Virginia is home to the safest mining operations in ". Denver Anderson, who was in a group of miners just behind those who were trapped, still had red splotches on his face from the coal dust and rock that struck him from the explosion. We are providing you with the report without the appendices included, the report with the appendices included, the appendices in one file, and the appendices as separate files. 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