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Multimedia presentation by Martha Rial, Dennis Roddy and Steve Twedt
Four months ago the families of 12 miners thought their loved ones had miraculously survived an underground explosion in West Virginia's Sago Mine. Their celebration ended abruptly as the truth emerged. All but one of the 13 men working underground had perished. Yesterday the families listened as two members of the underground rescue team choked back tears and explained how the wrong message may have gotten out.
The hearings also included debate on the possible causes and force of the Sago Mine explosion.
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Slideshow: The Sago Mine hearings, Day One
For background on the accident, see the Post-Gazette special report Breakdown at Sago Mine: Trouble and Tragedy Two Miles In
The Associated Press contributed to this report. This slideshow was produced by Curt Chandler, who can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org .