09/16/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Families Mark One-Year Anniversary Of Utah Mine Disaster

The whole character of the Crandall Canyon mine disaster changed, for the worse, one year ago this evening.
At 6:38 p.m., without warning, the north wall of a tunnel exploded into a group of rescuers digging their way to six miners trapped by the mine's catastrophic collapse 10 days earlier. Rescuers Dale Black and Brandon Kimber were killed instantly. Gary Jensen, a federal Mine Safety and Health Administration inspector monitoring the operation, suffered internal injuries and died later. Six other rescuers were injured, physically and emotionally.
This horrific turn of events terminated an underground rescue fraught with setbacks from the start. And it has perpetuated doubts about whether the rescuers ever should have been exposed to such dangers given the absence of any evidence that the six now-entombed miners survived the initial implosion.

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