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Sago Mine Explosion

Tallmansville, Upshur County, West Virginia
January 2, 2006
No. Killed - 12

Sago Miners Memorial
Location: 39° 9.159′ N, 80° 2.625′ W.
Marker is in Philippi, West Virginia, in Barbour County.  Marker is at the intersection of Barbour County Highway (U.S. 119) and North Main Street, on the right when traveling north on Barbour County Highway, in Blue and Gray Park.
Photographed by Pete Skillman
Source: Historical Marker Database

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This page contains links related to the disaster which occurred at the Sago Mine, Tallmansville, West Virginia, owned by the International Coal Group.

Twenty-nine coal miners went underground at International Coal Group's Sago Mine near Buckhannon in Upshur County, West Virginia, on the morning of January 2, 2006.

At 6:26 a.m., a methane ignition in a recently sealed area of the mine triggered an explosion that blew out the seals and propelled smoke, dust, debris and lethal carbon monoxide into the working sections of the mine.  One miner was killed by the blast.  Sixteen escaped.

Twelve were unable to escape and retreated to await rescue behind a curtain at the face of the Two Left section.

Approximately 41 hours later, mine rescuers entered the mine and found the trapped miners.  As a result of this extended delay, all but one, Randal McCloy Jr., had succumbed from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

Additional Resources:
•  Independent report on Sago    (4.7 Mb)
•  UMWA Investigation Findings    (3.5 Mb)
•  MSHA's Final Report of Investigation    (2.3 Mb)
•  MSHA Fatal Report Breakdown  
•  Mine Rescue Teams Responding  
•  Poetry by Joel Tankersley

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