Survivor, 1 Victim's Family Settle Sago Lawsuits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - The lone survivor of the Sago Mine
disaster and the estate of one victim have settled lawsuits against
the mine's owner.

Lawyers for Randal McCloy Jr. and the estate of David Lewis
wouldn't disclose the terms of the settlements with International
Coal Group, which were reached over the last two weeks.

McCloy's lawyer, Stephen Goodwin, says the settlement ensures
that McCloy and his family will be comfortable. ICG spokesman Ira Gamm declined to comment on the settlements.

Lawsuits filed by McCloy and Lewis' estate against several ICG
suppliers and contractors are still pending.

Twelve miners died in the January 2nd, 2006, explosion at the
Sago mine.

The lawsuits alleged negligence by ICG and the other companies.

The families of 10 other miners who died in the explosion also
are suing Scott Depot-based ICG and several suppliers and
contractors. These cases are pending in Kanawha County Circuit
Court.

The family of section foreman Martin Toler Jr. hasn't filed a
lawsuit.


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  • by Linda Location: Florida on Mar 10, 2008 at 11:09 AM
    I think if they are held accountable in a big way some of these other mining companies will take care of their workers. I know it is expensive to make things safe but I want it to be so cost prohibitive when a law suit is involved that the safety becomes not such an out of line thing to do. They also need the rules to inspect this stuff weekly if not daily.
  • by coal miners wife Location: eastern,ky. on Feb 27, 2008 at 08:22 AM
    im glad the mccloys are getting their settlement from icg. hopefully everyone else does too. although, no amount of money in the world will ever take this disaster out of the families lives or the people it has affected.

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