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Grandmother of UBB victim speaks out about 4th anniversary

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Saturday, April 5 will mark the 4th anniversary of the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster.

A grandmother of one of the victims told 59 News, 4 years later it's still just as hard as it was back in 2010.

"I wouldn't want my worst enemy to go through what we went through," said Nancy Long.

Long tells 59 News her grandson, Ronald Lee Maynor, was just 31 years old when the Upper Big Branch Mine exploded.  He left behind a wife, and two young children.

"I never did quit praying, I never did give up hope," said Long.

She said 4 years later, justice has still not been served to her family and the families of all 29 miners.

"You know if they would have been doing things right down there this would have never ever happened. And I believe, I study about it now... That they knew from day 1 that there was going to be no survivors," said Long.

She said this year, hurts even more, now that the owner of the mine, Don Blankenship, decided to speak up about his role in the disaster... after staying silent for 4 years.

"The week that we were down there we never did see Blankenship," said Long.

She said he still thinks only of himself and leaves every grieving family out of it.

"I wonder if he put in that movie the little babies crying... wondering where their daddy's are," said Long.

April 5th marks the day Long says her life changed forever.

"It's no easier now than it was 4 years ago," she said.

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