Written by Nicole Porter
Last updated on April 05, 2013 @ 6:20PM
Created on April 05, 2013 @ 5:19PM
Photo Courtesy of the Governor's Office - Gov. Tomblin honors the 29 miners who lost their lives three years ago today at the Upper Big Branch Mine by placing a photo and black ribbon at the West Virginia Miner Statue.
Three years ago on Friday, West Virginia lost 29 miners in a terrible mining explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine in Raleigh County. In the afternoon, groups were gathering in Raleigh County to remember those men.
The explosion in 2010 happened just around 3 p.m. Governor Earl Ray Tomblin asked everyone to take a moment of silence to honor the men who were killed that day. Rescue crews had spent days trying to save the miners, it was on April 9 when the official death toll was announced. UBB was considered the worst mining disaster since 1970.
MSHA has said safety violations contributed to the explosion. Several criminal charges have been filed against former Massey Energy officials, including former executive David Hughart who pleaded guilty in federal court more than a month ago.
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