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Faulty escape tunnel blamed for miners' deaths

The Charleston Sunday Gazette-Mail's Ken Ward Jr. reports that a
federal-state probe has found out why two coal miners died in a January fire
at a Massey Energy mine in Logan County, W.Va. Contrary to federal law, the
Aracoma Alma No. 1 Mine's primary escape tunnel was not totally blocked off
from a conveyor belt that caught fire in the mine on Jan. 19. Based on sworn
statements obtained by the Gazette-Mail, the story explains why miners
Donald Bragg and Ellery Hatfield were not able to successfully evacuate the
mine.

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