Settlements approved in remaining Sago lawsuits

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Posted: Nov 17, 2011 8:20 AM
Settlements approved in remaining Sago lawsuits

Settlements have been approved in the six remaining wrongful-death lawsuits filed by the families of miners who died in the 2006 Sago Mine disaster in West Virginia.

Circuit Judge Charles King on Wednesday also signed off on several other settlements of lawsuits brought by family members other than those who were administering the victims' estates.

Terms of the settlements were confidential, The Charleston Gazette ( reported.

The workers were killed after a powerful methane gas explosion tore through the underground mine in Upshur County just as two crews were starting work Jan. 2, 2006. Of 13 workers, only one survived.

The mine was operated by Wolf Run Mining Co. At the time it was owned by International Coal Group, which sold the mine earlier this year to St. Louis-based Arch Coal.


Information from: The Charleston Gazette,