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Miner killed in explosion had N.C. ties

Posted April 8, 2010 5:22 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2010 5:47 p.m. EDT

— One of the people killed in a coal mine explosion on Monday had ties to North Carolina.

Diana Pendergrass, who lives in Vance County, said her brother, Carl "Pee Wee" Acord, was among the 25 miners killed in the underground blast in the Upper Big Branch mine in Montcoal, W. Va.

The cause of the explosion hasn't been determined.

Crews tried briefly Thursday to search for as many as four survivors, but they had to retreat because of increasing levels of methane gas in the mine.

Acord, 52, worked in the mines for 34 years and is survived by his wife, two children and two grandchildren, Pendergrass said.