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Two Wrongful Death Lawsuits Filed Against West Virginia Mine OwnersPosted on Mar 25, 2011
The West Virginia mine accident took place near Montcoal, WV, when a huge explosion roughly 1,000 feet underground killed twenty-mine miners. The investigation of the fatal accident is still ongoing, although many believe that flammable gases were ignited by a spark. The FBI, Massey Energy, the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, and the State of West Virginia are all involved in the investigation, which has been made difficult because of dangerous conditions in the mines. Initial findings suggest that the mining equipment was not functioning properly and was not preventing dangerous sparks or minimizing dangerous coal dust.