6 of 9 Quecreek miners rescued 20 years ago gather for reunion

SOMERSET COUNTY — Six of the nine Quecreek miners who were rescued from a collapsed mine in Somerset County gathered for a reunion, 20 years after they were saved.

The men were stranded after they broke through stone into an uncharted mine shaft and released millions of gallons of water in the process. The were trapped 240 feet below the surface and under the flooded mine. The miners remained trapped for 77 hours before they were rescued.

According to our partners at TribLIVE.com, the men gathered at the Speedway Complex on Saturday to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the rescue. The racetrack is just 10 miles from where the mine collapsed.

The six surviving members were joined by Gov. Mark Schweiker, who is considered the face behind the rescue.

John Unger, Robert Pugh, Blaine Mayhugh, Ronald Hileman, John Phillippi and Tom Foy attended the event.

They were recognized during the first intermission of the race held on Saturday.

They honored Dennis Hall while they were there. Hall died on May 13 at 68 years old.

The men will enjoy a week-long celebration during their time together, including a car cruise and events at the mine site next weekend.

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