• Short Summary

    FIVE-HUNDRED TONS OF LIMESTONE HAVE BEEN POURED DOWN THE AIRSHAFTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIAN DISASTER MINE TODAY (SATURDAY).

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    AIR INTAKE SHAFT WITH COVER BLOWN OFF; SMOKE; WAITING RELATIVES; MR. LEWIS EVANS SPEAKS.



    TRANSCRIPT: EVANS: "AND I'M NOT HERE TO DEFEND THIS COMPANY, I'M HERE TO STATE THE FACTS AS THEY ARE AND AS I SEE THEM. THE REPORT THAT BEGAN AUGUST, THE FEDERAL INSPECTION OF THESE MINES, THAT BEGAN AUGUST FIRST AND ENDED ON AUGUST THIRTEENTH - I HAVE THE REPORT HERE IN MY HAND - INDICATES VERY CONCLUSIVELY TO ME THAT THE MINE AT LEAST WHEN THE FEDERAL INSPECTOR LEFT WAS IN A SAFE CONDITION. NOW, THIS DOESN'T NECESSARILY MEAN THAT IT WAS IN A SAFE CONDITION THE DAY AFTER, BUT EVERYTHING IN THIS REPORT WHICH I HAVE READ AND ANALYSED, AND EVEN READ IT AND ANALYSED IT BEFORE THIS SITUATION HAPPENED HERE, INDICATES CONCLUSIVELY THAT THE MINE WAS IN A SAFE CONDITION."




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    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FIVE-HUNDRED TONS OF LIMESTONE HAVE BEEN POURED DOWN THE AIRSHAFTS OF THE WEST VIRGINIAN DISASTER MINE TODAY (SATURDAY). IT IS HOPED THE LIMESTONE WILL HALT THE STRING OF NEW BLASTS WHICH HAVE BLOWN OFF STEEL AND CONCRETE SEALS, USED TO CUT OFF THE AIRFLOW TO THE FIRES IN THE 600-FEET (182 METRE) DEEP MINE NEAR FARMINGTON.

    THE CONCRETE COVERS WERE BLOWN UP TO 400-FEET IN THE AIR BY THE LATEST EXPLOSIONS AND SMOKE POURING FROM NEW MINE SHAFTS INDICATES THAT THE FIRES ARE STILL SPREADING.

    THE RESCUE TEAMS, WHO HAVE BEEN WAITING TO TRY TO REACH THE 78 MEN WHO WERE TRAPPED UNDERGROUND WHEN THE FIRE STARTED ON WEDNESDAY, CANNOT EVEN GET NEAR TO THE ENTRANCES TO THE MINE. BUT RELATIVES AND FRIENDS OF THE TRAPPED MEN STILL WAIT AT THE NEARBY COMPANY STORE FOR NEWS.

    AN OFFICIAL OF THE MINEWORKERS UNION - MR. LEWIS EVANS - SPOKE TO THE RELATIVES AND TO MINERS FROM THE OTHER SHIFTS YESTERDAY (FRIDAY) DENYING RUMOURS THAT SAFETY MEASURES AT THE MINE AND HAD BEEN FAULTY FOR SOME TIME.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6EQERDR8YY1SNUMGEUO3H7XL1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6EQERDR8YY1SNUMGEUO3H7XL1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/11/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:51:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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