UNION CO., Ky. (WFIE) - It’s been 30 years since one of the worst mining disasters in Kentucky.
The report from the Mine Safety and Health Administration says an explosion happened at the Pyro No. 9 Slope William Station Mine in Union County on September 13, 1989.
Ten miners were killed and four others escaped. The report says they were exposed to high concentrations of carbon monoxide and smoke.
The Associated Press reported two days after the blast that the following men were the victims:
Curtis Scott, 47, of Madisonville
Lynn Austin Ashmore, 31, of Slaughters
Kenneth Edward Reed, 32, of Slaughters
Roger Clifford, 32, of Morganfield
Mark Steven Hedges, 31, of Morganfield
Rick Dale Furgerson, 34, of Madisonville
Paul Terry Harris, 39, of Providence
Anthony Terry McElroy, 36, of Providence
Ernest Warren Stewart, 40, of Mortons Gap
James Anthony Tinsley, 36, of Marion
Another AP report from 1993 says 13 people were charged in the case, including the former company President, because safety records were falsified.