Mine Collapse Survivor Didn't Hear the Cave-In

Found out via text message
By Heather McPherson,  Newser User
Posted Aug 13, 2007 10:53 AM CDT
People in the mining community of Huntington, Utah, sign a card for miner Manuel Sanchez during a candlelight vigil for the six coal miners trapped in the Crandall Canyon Mine Friday, Aug. 10, 2007. ...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – One of the four miners who escaped the Crandall Canyon collapse that trapped six men told the AP he didn't hear or feel the cave-in as it was occurring. Tim Curtis, who was near the mine's entrance at the time, heard of the collapse via text message on an personal emergency device. "It's just like you are here and three miles away are you going to hear a balloon pop?" he says.

Curtis, a 33-year-old who works as a mine fire boss, or safety inspector, is the third generation miner in his family. He has helped with the rescue efforts every day since the collapse. Searchers decided yesterday to drill a third hole in a different area in the hopes of finding the trapped miners.