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UPDATE: Gases make W.Va. mine unsafe; 4 missing, 25 dead

MONTCOAL, W.Va. (AP)-- Crews are drilling to ventilate toxic gas from a West Virginia mine two days after a deadly explosion killed 25 miners.

They're trying to make a section of it safe enough for rescuers to search for four missing miners and to recover the bodies of 18 known dead. Seven bodies were brought out after the explosion rocked the Upper Big Branch Mine, site of the worst underground disaster in the U.S. in more than a quarter-century.

Once the mine is ventilated, officials say teams would need four or five hours to reach the area where rescue workers believe the miners are.

Online Reporter: Jill Courtney

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