미국 웨스트 버지나아주의 탄광 폭발 사고와 관련해 구조 작업을 벌여오던 탄광 회사측은 당초 12명의 생존자가 있다는 일부 보도는 잘못된 것이라며 생존자는 1명이라고 말했습니다.

탄광 소유 회사인 ICG의 벤 햇필드 대표는 오보가 구조대와 중앙 본부간의 의사 소통 과정에서 빚어진 실수에서 비롯됐다며 탄광 내부에 갇힌 13명가운데 12명은 사망했다고 말했습니다.

한편 유일한 생존자인 랜달 맥클로이씨는 현재 병원에서 치료를 받고 있으나 중태에 빠져있는것으로 알려졌습니다.

 

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The lone survivor of a mining disaster in West Virginia (in the eastern United States) is in critical condition, as his community struggles to cope with the loss of 12 miners and a night of mixed messages.

A hospital spokesman said today (Wednesday) that 27-year-old Randal McCloy is dehydrated but responding to stimuli. Experts say his youth may have helped him fight the effects of carbon monoxide exposure after an explosion trapped him and his co-workers in a mine shaft early Monday.

Meanwhile, mine officials say "miscommunication" led to false reports that 12 miners had survived the ordeal. The rumor late Tuesday led to three hours of celebration at a local church in the town of Sago before mine company officials shocked the revelers with the truth: only one miner was found alive.