In day two of the Sago Mine hearing, a state mine inspector said he may be the reason for the miscommunication at the mine.
Testimony started Wednesday morning around 8 o'clock in Buckhannon, West Virginia.
Bill Tucker is an assistant inspector for the state Office of Miners' Health Safety and Training.
He was part of the search and rescue team that went underground.
While Tucker says he does not remember his exact wording, he knows the damage that was caused by his words.
Tucker said, "I think I said they're alive. Which may have lead to the communication error. In my mind, I knew most were dead at the point we saw them."
Tucker then started checking on the miners, and realized that the first did not have a pulse.
Further checks revealed that only one, Randal McCloy Junior, was alive.
It would be three hours later before families learned that all but one died.
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