Investigators enter Harlan mine

Posted: 5/24/2006 by Floyd in

Holmes Mill, KY. A team of federal and state investigator's entered the mine on Tuesday where five were killed in the blast, three it was determined died of carbon monoxide poison. It is of note that also the air packs that were used were the same ones used in the Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia. The survivor in Kentucky was Paul Ledford, his brother made a statement that Paul's air pack lasted about five minutes and also on Tuesday the wife of sole survivor of the Sago disaster Randall McCoy said that report after report has shown they did not work the way they were supposed to. The investigators will also look to see if the seals had allowed dangerous gases to leak into active areas of the mine. The U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration said it would require the use of concrete block seals while the issue is under review.
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The Harlan Co. mine had been cited 41 times in the past five years for not cleaning up coal dust and other combustible materials, including three times this month, according to statistics from the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration.