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Published: Tuesday, 4/6/2010

25 dead in U.S. mine blast, worst since 1984


MONTCOAL, West Virginia — Gov. Joe Manchin says it could be Wednesday night before the first hole can be drilled to try to rescue four coal miners in West Virginia.

Manchin said Tuesday at a news conference that he is going to have hope. An underground explosion blamed on methane gas has killed 25 coal miners. It's the worst U.S. mining disaster since 1984.

Crews are bulldozing an access road so they could drill 1,000 feet (300 meters) into the earth to try to find the missing miners that are feared dead.e. “But I'm just trying to be honest with everybody and say that the situation does look dire.”

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