Families Denounce Sago Report

BUCKHANNON, W.Va. (AP) - The relatives of several Sago Mine
victims are voicing disappointment in the newest report into the
2006 methane explosion that resulted in the deaths of 12 coal
Sara Bailey, whose father George Hamner died in the accident,
left the government's briefing session with the families early.
She said she just doesn't trust the federal Mine Safety and
Health Administration, which issued today's report.
And Geraldine Bruso, the sister of miner Jerry Groves, says the
report is all just theories. She says the families wanted something
The report says two simultaneous lightning blasts likely caused
an electrical current in a cable left deep inside the mine and
touched off the blast.
Two previous reports also cited lightning.
But Bruso doesn't blame Mother Nature. She says it was the
rescue, the equipment, the whole breakdown of the system that
killed the miners.
By the time rescuers reached the trapped men, more than 40 hours
after the blast, only one man was still alive.
Pam Campbell's brother-in-law Marty Bennett died in the mine.
She says the report will make a difference only on paper. She
believes the same safety issues will come up again.

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