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Families outraged by false reports of miners' survival

TALLMANSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) - People in the mining community of Tallmansville, West Virginia, went from the height of joy to the depths of despair, after finding out that 12 loved ones trapped in a coal mine had died.

A 13th miner was found dead Tuesday night, but through what a mine company executive says was a "miscommunication," relatives were told early Wednesday that all the others had been found alive. Hours later they found out that only one man survived.

Randal McCloy is in critical condition at a hospital in Morgantown after the nearly two-day ordeal.

Witnesses said after people were given the bad news about the others, one relative became enraged and lunged at an official. The incident happened at a Baptist church where relatives had gathered. Family members had to wrestle the aggrieved man to the ground.

Federal officials are expressing sorrow over the deaths and are promising a full investigation.

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