West Virginia Mine Explosion: Names of the Dead List (Ongoing)
West Virginia Mine Explosion: Eleven Bodies Identified, Names Not Public Yet
As the families of the 25 miners killed in a mine explosion in Montcoal, West Virginia are trying to come to terms with their loss, the body identification effort is already ongoing. It is reported that eleven bodies have been retrieved from the Massey Energy mine so far. The bodies have been allegedly identified. However, the names of the dead miners are not being released yet.
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The only unconfirmed reports of the possible identities of the dead miners are coming from the families of the mine explosion victims that are willing to talk to the media.
The casualty list below has not been confirmed by Massey Energy and is still ongoing. Governor Joe Manchin promised to release the names at a later date. Some of the names reported so far are:
--Benny R. Willingham, 62.
--Timmy Davis, 51 and his two nephews Josh Napper, 27, and Cory Davis, 20 (Davis' son Cody Davis and brother Tommy Davis were in the mine but survived).
--Gary Quarles, 33.
--Steve Harrah, 40.
--Deward Scott, 58.
--Boone Payne, 52.
--Carl Accord, 52.
--Jason Atkins, 25.
--Robert Clark, 41.
Meanwhile, families of the dead miners are complaining about how Massey Energy is handling the situation. It is alleged that some of the families have not been notified about the death of their loved ones directly by the company. Some even had to look through the list of the dead released by Massey Energy.
West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin supported the families.
"The families want closure," Manchin told reporters. "They want names ... these families are good people. Hard-working people. They understand the challenges. Right now I told them to do what they do best. Love each other and come together as a family."