Officials ‘very discouraged’ by mine air test
A top official at a coal mine where 13 miners were trapped Tuesday said he was ‘very discouraged’ by a remote test of air inside the mine, but hope remains that the men could still be alive.
The miners were trapped early Monday after an explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia and are believed to be about 260 feet below the surface at the end of an angled shaft about 2 miles long.
Ben Hatfield, president of International Coal Group, said Tuesday that air testing equipment that was drilled into the mine showed a high quantity of harmful carbon monoxide in the air.

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