Deadly explosion kills 25, leaves 4 missing in U.S. (2)

14:35, April 07, 2010      

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A West Virginia State Police officer directs traffic at the entrance to the Massey's Performance Coal at the scene of an accident at the Upper Big Branch Mine in Montcoal, West Virginia April 6, 2010. (Xinhua/ Reuters Photo)

The accident is the worst mine disaster in the country since a mine fire in Utah killed 27 people in 1984.

Mine deaths are relatively not common in the United States. Last year, the number of U.S. miners killed on the job was 34, 18 of them died in coal mines. Notable accidents in recent years include West Virginia's Sago Mine methane explosion, which killed 12 miners in 2006. Six also died in Utah's Crandall Canyon mine cave-in in 2007.


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