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It wasn’t bad. I just went to sleep.

Posted by schroeder915 on January 5, 2006

Sago miners left notes for their loved ones:

“Tell all I’ll see them on the other side,” read the note found with the body of 51-year-old mine foreman Martin Toler Jr. “It wasn’t bad. I just went to sleep. I love you Jr.” …

The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited the Sago mine for 208 violations of federal mine rules in 2005, a number an agency official said was higher than normal for a mine that size. Those violations included 18 orders shutting down parts of the mine until alleged violations were corrected, but none serious enough to shutter the entire operation.

1/06/06 update: The West Virginia Council of Churches is accepting donations for miners’ families through the Sago Mine Assistance Fund. There’s a story that mentions the fund on DisasterNews.net.

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