Federal officials will gather in West
Virginia next week to begin investigating what caused the nation's
worst coal mining disaster in 40 years.
Federal Mine Safety and Health Administration spokeswoman Amy
Louviere said Saturday that investigators will meet Monday at the
agency's mine safety academy in Beckley.
That will be the start for the official search into what sparked
the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 and
Louviere says the investigation is expected to take months to
Meanwhile, crews were expected to re-enter the mine Saturday to
begin the process of bringing the victims' bodies to the surface.
Louviere says the plan is to bring bodies out as soon as
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