The coal mining industry and the state of West Virginia take another hit
Tragedy has surfaced again for coal mining families in West Virginia. Rescuers on Saturday found the bodies of two miners who disappeared after a conveyor belt caught fire deep inside a coal mine in Melville. The bodies were found in an area of the mine where rescue teams had been battling the fire for more than 40 hours.
The deaths in Melville followed a tragedy in Tallmansville, West Virginia, in which 12 miners died of carbon monoxide poisoning following an explosion at Sago Mine, about 180 miles away. The lone survivor is hospitalized in serious condition. Get the latest from CNN.
After the announcement that the two miners were dead, Gov. Joe Manchin said he was planning to introduce mine-safety bills in the state Legislature and to lobby the U.S. Congress to enact more mine-safety laws.
Meanwhile, senators from coal mining states say they'll lead the charge on Monday to review how the 13 miners in Tallmansville became trapped for more than 41 hours after an explosion on Jan. 2. The incident was Vest Virginia's worst coal mining accident in more than 35 years.
Related: Mine Safety and Health Administration
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