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Settlements approved in remaining Sago lawsuits

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Settlements have been approved in the
six remaining wrongful-death lawsuits filed by the families of
miners who died in the 2006 Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia.
Circuit Judge Charles King on Wednesday also signed off on
several other settlements of lawsuits brought by family members
other than those who were administering the victims' estates.
Terms of the settlements were confidential, The Charleston
Gazette (http://bit.ly/t9Kmcr) reported.
The workers were killed after a powerful methane gas explosion
tore through the underground mine in Upshur County just as two
crews were starting work Jan. 2, 2006. Of 13 workers, only one
survived.
The mine was operated by Wolf Run Mining Co. At the time it was
owned by International Coal Group, which sold the mine earlier this
year to St. Louis-based Arch Coal.


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