The Upper Branch Mine disaster occurred on April 5, 2010 at 3:27PM. When the explosion happened I was in Florida, but it effected me greatly. Many of the 29 men who died in this disaster were locals that I had known most of my life.
Being home on the anniversary of this date, well it was sad. My father worked in the mines for 42 years and I remember as I child how I would lie in bed at night and worry until I saw his headlights coming up the driveway.
May the survivors of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster find peace within their hearts.