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HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) -- One of four miners who got out of a collapsing coal mine alive says he didn't feel or hear a thing as the mountain shook and caved in, trapping six of his colleagues.
Tim Curtis was near the mine's entrance on Aug. 6 when he got a text message telling him of the collapse on his personal emergency device.
The trapped men are believed to be about 3.4 miles from the mine's entrance.
The three other men who escaped the mine unharmed were also believed to be relatively close to the entrance.
Curtis said the trapped miners likely improvised an emergency plan when all four entry tunnels near their work site were blocked.
"It's just like your house, if it caught on fire and you have a plan to get out the window and that window is blocked," Curtis said. "That's what happened here."
Curtis, a 33-year-old third-generation miner who works as a mine fire boss, or safety inspector, has worked 12-hour shifts every day since the collapse to aid the rescue effort.
That effort continues, as searchers decided to drill another hole in hopes of finding the six men trapped for a week in the Crandall Canyon mine.
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