Last Year’s Coal Mine Deaths Increase 210 Percent Over 2005

The 12 coal miners killed in a Jan. 2, 2006, explosion at the Sago Mine in West Virginia were the first to die. On Dec. 17, John Elliot, killed in a roof collapse at the Dana Co.’s Prime No. 1 Mine near Maidsville, W.Va., was the 47th and last coal miner killed on the job last year, the deadliest year in the nation’s coal mines since 1996. Read the story here.