2006: The Year in Pictures Boston.com The Boston Globe Local Nation World Deaths Sports
On Jan. 2, a powerful mine shaft explosion caused by a lightning bolt in Sago, W. Va., trapped 13 coal miners nearly 300 feet underground. Rescue crews had been working for 41 hours to free the miners, when the erroneous news was delivered to families that 12 miners were found safe. The truth was that only one miner survived - Randal McCloy Jr., 26. In August, McCloy and the families of two other victims sued the mine owner and five other companies. The Sago mine disaster brought national attention to mine safety, and led President Bush to sign into law the first major overhaul of mine safety laws in three decades. <img src='http://cache.boston.com/bonzai-fba/File-Based_Image_Resource/dingbat_arrow_icon.gif' alt='' title='' height='9' width='4' border='0' /> Read the story
Nation

Sago mine disaster
On Jan. 2, a powerful mine shaft explosion caused by a lightning bolt in Sago, W. Va., trapped 13 coal miners nearly 300 feet underground. Rescue crews had been working for 41 hours to free the miners, when the erroneous news was delivered to families that 12 miners were found safe. The truth was that only one miner survived - Randal McCloy Jr., 26. In August, McCloy and the families of two other victims sued the mine owner and five other companies. The Sago mine disaster brought national attention to mine safety, and led President Bush to sign into law the first major overhaul of mine safety laws in three decades. Read the story
(AP Photo)