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International Coal Group, Inc.
Sago Mine Explosion
Tallmansville, West Virginia
January 2, 2006 - 12 Killed


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Sago Mine DisasterThis 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 Groupís 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 reult of this extended delay, all but one had succumbed from carbon monoxide asphyxiation.

Additional Resources:
•  Independent report on Sago 
•  UMWA Investigation Findings 
•  Final MSHA Accident Investigation Report 
•  MSHA's Internal Review
•  MSHA Single Source Page
•  MSHA Fatal Report Breakdown
•  MSHA News Releases
•  Poetry from Joel Tankersley