January 03, 2019

Manchin Recalls Sago Mine Disaster | Elkins Inter Mountain

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) issued the following statement on the 13th anniversary of the Sago mine disaster Wednesday.

“It’s been 13 years since 12 brave coal miners went to work in the Sago mine and never returned home to their families. I remember that day well as I joined all of West Virginia in grieving with the miners’ families. Today and every day, my thoughts are with the loved ones who lost a miner that day. In the months following Sago, we passed historic legislation to improve safety standards for our coal miners. Today, we are reminded yet again that our miners’ health and safety must be our highest priority. I remain committed to ensuring no family has to suffer this unimaginable loss again.”

On Jan. 2, 2006, an explosion at the Sago Mine in Upshur County killed 12 men.