Gases force crews to abandon W.Va. mine rescue
MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP) -- Dangerous gases forced rescue crews to abandon the search today for four coal miners missing since an explosion killed 25 colleagues in the worst U.S. mining disaster in more than two decades.
Rescuers had been working their way through the Upper Big Branch mine by rail car and on foot early Thursday, but officials said they had to turn back because of an explosive mix of gases in the area they needed to search.
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