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Published on Nov 26, 2011
The Perspective of the Families at Crandall Canyon (Part 2 of 2) - mars-6:hrs06ED_W2175_071003.2 - Rayburn 2175 - Committee on Education and Labor - 2007-10-03 - In August, we all watched the unfolding tragedy at the Crandall Canyon Mine with deep sadness. After the collapse, six miners never came out of the mine again. Three brave rescuers, attempting to reach their fellow miners, also died. Family members of those miners and rescuers who perished are with us today. On behalf of all of my colleagues, I want to express our sympathies to each of you and your families. I know your testimony today will be painful for you to deliver. But it is critical for us to hear from you directly. I thank you very much for agreeing to participate in today's hearing. I would like to also thank all of the brave miners involved in the rescue effort. We greatly admire their devotion and selflessness, and we wish a speedy recovery to the injured rescuers. I would also like to extend our gratitude to Governor Jon Huntsman and Congressman Jim Matheson for their concern and involvement in helping the families and miners during the rescue efforts, and for joining us.