Coroner: Three Miners Died of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

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HOLMES MILL, Ky. (AP) - Kentucky authorities now believe they know how the five miners killed in Saturday's blast died.

A preliminary autopsy finds that three of the five miners likely survived the initial explosion but died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

And Harlan County Coroner Philip Bianchi says the the other two miners died from multiple blunt force trauma and heat injuries. It's believed they were closer to the blast.

Bianchi says officials may be able to determine how long the three miners lived, but that would depend on toxicology reports.

Meanwhile, there were prayers at a Sunday church service for the families of the miners.

The brother-in-law of one of those killed Saturday attended the service at Closplint Church of God in Harlan County, just miles
from the mine where the blast occurred.

Jimmy Eldridge says "it's devastating."