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Mine blast kills one; five others escape

October 24, 2006

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— An explosion in a coal mine killed a miner Monday, but five others escaped, authorities said.

The blast happened 2,300 feet underground at the R&D Coal Co. anthracite mine near Tremont, about 80 miles northwest of Philadelphia. It appeared the blast occurred when miners detonated explosives, said Dirk Fillpot, spokesman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The victim was Dale Reightler, 43, of Donaldson, according to his brother-in-law Charles Kimmel. Kimmel said the coal mine's owner also told the family Reightler was killed when explosives went off.

"All they know is they fired (the explosives)," Kimmel said. "They don't know if there was gas there and it went off. They won't know until they get it aired out and get up there tomorrow."

Regulators ordered the mine closed until an investigation is complete.

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