West Virginia: Resurrection at Hominy Falls

Saxsewell Mine No. 8, which burrows deep into a gentle West Virginia hillside, is only three feet high, and miners must crouch as they ride to work in tiny carts. Into the mine on May 6 at 7 a.m. went the first shift of 25 men; 15 began work near the head of the shaft, while the other ten manned a mechanical drill almost two miles from the mine entrance. At 9:45 a.m., a mass of water roared up from the far end of the mine, stranding the 15 on a lifesaving ledge....