Officials: Rescue crews evacuate W.Va. mine

(AP) - Officials are saying that the rescue attempt of four missing West Virginia miners has suffered a setback because crews have met dangerous levels of gases underground.

Kevin Stricklin, an administrator from the federal Mine Safetyand Health Administration, said Thursday that the rescue crews arein danger and they are evacuating the mine. The crews got to about1,000 feet of a rescue chamber before they had to pull back.

Officials have slim hope the miners may have made it to thechamber, where there is food and water.

Crews began working their way by rail car and on foot throughthe mine earlier Thursday.

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