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Memorial honors 112 workers killed in 1915 explosion at Layland mine


LAYLAND, West Virginia — A new memorial honors 112 workers who were killed in a 1915 coal mine explosion in Fayette County.

The explosion at the Layland Mine No. 3 was the worst mining disaster in Fayette County.

Media outlets report that the memorial was dedicated Saturday.

The Layland community raised money to build the memorial. One of the organizers, Ray Crook, says the explosion on March 2, 1915, had been all but forgotten.

Crook says 53 miners survived the explosion after being trapped underground for four days.

The names of the miners who were killed are listed on the memorial's right side. The 53 survivors' names are listed on the left side.

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