Twenty mine rescue teams from four states are gathering in Morgantown, West Virginia to test their skills.
A mine rescue competition scheduled for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 will include simulated underground mine emergencies, tests of air packs and fixes of any problems found, and pre-shift mine examinations.
The teams represent coal companies in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania.
Competition organizers say the simulated emergencies could include missing miners, underground explosions and fires, a roof collapse or a mine being flooded.
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