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Miner tells family to prepare for the worst

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) - "They don't feel like there's any hope." That's what one miner, whose brother is missing in the West Virginia mine explosion, told his family after getting a briefing on the rescue effort.

Cindi Griffith says her husband Doug told family members they need to prepare for the worst. Monday's explosion killed 25 workers. Seven bodies were pulled out after the explosion, but 18 remain in the mine. Two miners are hospitalized and four are missing.

Of the 18 bodies in the mine, only four have been identified. Mine owner Massey Energy says it doesn't know which four miners are missing.

High levels of dangerous methane gas have made it impossible for rescuers to venture inside the mine. Massey was cited for violating two federal safety rules on the day of the blast. The company has been repeatedly cited for problems with the system that ventilates explosive methane gas, suspected of causing the explosion.

Federal officials have appointed a special team of investigators to look into the blast.

 

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