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Friday, January 06, 2006
"I JUST WENT TO SLEEP"
FINAL NOTE FROM TRAGIC MINER
At least they didn't suffer.
In notes found in a West Virginia coal mine, the trapped and dying miners assured their loved ones that their final hours were not spent in any pain as they succumbed to apparent carbon-monoxide poisoning.
"Tell all I['ll] see them on the other side," read the note written by 51-year-old mine foreman Martin Toler Jr.
"It wasn't bad. I just went to sleep. I love you."
He signed it "Jr."
The only surviving miner, Randal McCloy Jr., 26, slipped into a coma yesterday and may have suffered brain damage, officials said.
He was moved yesterday to a Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh to undergo hyperbaric oxygen treatment in an effort to help get oxygen to the brain.