West Virginia University journalism professor’s research about the 1968 Farmington mine disaster was featured Nov. 19 on a National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” segment.
P.I. Reed School of Journalism assistant professor Bonnie Stewart has been researching the disaster for more than a year. What she uncovered 40 years after the tragedy sheds new light on why 78 men died in the mine that fateful day.
Stewart found a memo that was written by a federal investigator several months after the explosion that points to one possible explanation as to why the men were not evacuated before the mine exploded: A safety alarm on a ventilation fan had been deliberately disabled.