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Wreath-Laying Planned For Fourth Anniversary of Upper Big Branch Disaster

Reported: Apr. 3, 2014 3:53 PM EDT
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WHITESVILLE, W.Va.(Heath Harrison) – The Upper Big Branch Mining Memorial Group will lay wreaths at the Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial in Whitesville on Saturday to mark the fourth anniversary of the disaster.

The group encourages the public to visit the memorial for the anniversary to pay respect the miners. There is no set service plan and families can visit at their convenience. The wreaths will be in place from dawn to dusk.

A coal dust explosion claimed the lives of 29 miners at Massey Energy’s mine near Montcoal on April 5, 2009. The disaster was the worst mining accident in the United States since 1970. The Mine Safety and Health Administration said safety violation at Massey’s site led to the explosion.

The memorial is located on W.Va. Route 3 in Whitesville. More information can be found at www.ubbminersmemorial.com

The public is encouraged to visit the memorial on Saturday to pay respect and honor the lives of those lost. There is no set service scheduled so that family, friends and the public can visit at their own convenience during the day.

Photo: Upper Big Branch Miners Memorial



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