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Apr 5, 2010 7:09 PM

Six dead in West Virginia coal mine explosion

The state mine director says six miners are dead and 21 missing following a West Virginia coal mine explosion.

Ron Wooten says initial reports are that the explosion occurred about 3 p.m. at Massey Energy's Performance Coal Co. mine in Raleigh County, about 30 miles south of Charleston.  Emergency crews are heading to the mine that is located near Montcalm.  Massey Energy reported the explosion but did not provide details.

Wooten says he has yet to talk with anyone at the mine.

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