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Click on a link below. Audio slideshow with historic photos: Narrated by Gazette News Editor and Pleasants County native Vic Burkhammer, who recalls the people he knew and the place where the disaster occurred. Video: The disaster's impact still felt, 30 years later: Interviews with people who were there the day of the disaster. A worker recalls helping uncover bodies from the rubble. A woman talks about the cost of the accident to her family. Her son discusses building a memorial monument, and what he learned in the process. PDF of The Charleston Gazette, the day after the disaster (7.4MB) See reports of the investigations into the Willow Island Disaster List of the Willow Island Disaster victims Watch a short documentary looking at the disaster ( Click here to return to the story page