Ten years ago, a drama unfolded in the hills near Somerset, Pennsylvania.
Miners working at the Quecreek Mine accidentally breached an adjoining abandoned mine, sending forth a flood of water that trapped them for a 77-hour ordeal. Rescue workers devised a plan, and worked to locate and rescue the trapped men. Long-time WTRF-7 reporter Frank O'Brien remembers that night.
"There are a few times that I really miss being in the news," O'Brien said. "And the feeling that we got when we actually was at the Quecreek mine rescue, and when those nine people came out -- that's just one of those feelings you can't describe, and truly I do miss that."
On Saturday, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the rescue, officials will cut the ribbon to open a new visitors center at the site. Officials from the Mine Safety and Health Administration plan on a celebration ceremony at 11:00 A.M., and will cut the ribbon at the new visitors center at 1:00 P.M. The new visitors center is at the Quecreek Mine rescue site.