Thursday, January 05, 2006

After word of survivors spreads, 12 dead

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va.-- In a stunning and heartbreaking reversal, family members were told early Wednesday that 11 of the 12 trapped coal miners found were dead-- three hours after they began celebrating news that they were alive.


The devastating new information shocked and angered family members, who had rejoiced with Gov. Joe Manchin hours earlier when a rumor began to spread that the miners were alive. Rescue crews found the first victim earlier Tuesday evening.

"About the confusion, I can't tell you of anything more heart-wrenching than I've ever gone through in my life. Nothing," Manchin said.
After word of survivors spreads, 12 dead