Officials say Miners Retreated after the Blast
Associated Press Writer
The miners heard the blast and they retreated deeper into the mine according to rescue workers. A miscommunication happened between the rescue workers and the public because the rescue workers were wearing oxygen masks and they did not know how the men were actually doing, or how far into the mine they had traveled.They communicated directly to the public before they actually found the men that they believed that the men were okay. This was not official communication; it was man to man cell phone communication. The men had tried to barricade themselves away from the gases but unfortunately the carbon monoxide killed them.
Note: Journalers Editor Joe has a post on his recent blog entry which allows Jlanders to leave a supportive comment for the families of the miners.