Sago Mine Disaster Becomes Worse as Lies are Spread

Sago Mine Disaster Becomes Worse as Lies are Spread

Adding insult to injury a crowd of family and concerned community members were mistakenly told that 11 of the 12 trapped coal miners in the West Virginia mine were alive.  In fact, 11 were dead, but this information wasn’t revealed for three additional hours.

Panic attacks, fights, and other troubling emotional outbursts followed the news.  Police and SWAT teams were called in to quell the crowd of people who were angry about being told a lie that made them hopeful for the safe return of their loved ones.

The lies about the miners were broadcast throughout the country and even made several newspapers’ front pages, before the truth was later discovered.  It was revealed that officials found out that the 11 were dead only 20 minutes after announcing they were alive, but waited almost three hours to tell the news.

The Sago Mine was the site of an extensive rescue effort after an explosion hundreds of feet below the surface trapped 12 miners.  The incident has been widely covered in the media nationwide.

The Sago Mine was the site of hundreds of safety and other violations last year and has been under investigation by officials for several years now.  The cause of Monday’s explosion is still under investigation and may take months to figure out.

Late yesterday, rescue teams discovered high levels of carbon monoxide in the mineshaft air, likely the cause of the men’s deaths.  The survivor has been identified as Randal McCloy and is still in critical condition.  Doctors at the hospital say he had no signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

Several lawsuits are already being considered regarding both the mining incident and the misstatements about the miner’s deaths.

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