Cue Jimmy Dean:
Then came the day at the bottom of the mine
When a timber cracked and men started cryin’
Miners were prayin’ and hearts beat fast
And everybody thought that they’d breathed their last
And everybody thought this was the sort of thing that happened fifty years ago, not today.
Hugh S at Wizbang notes:
Roof collapses are rarely survivable because the event is sudden and injuries are often blunt force trauma that incapacitates the miner at the moment he has to make critical life saving decisions (such as finding an air supply and escape route).
And if that doesn’t scare you, perhaps this will:
I keep straining my ears to hear a sound
Maybe someone is digging underground
Or have they given up and all gone home to bed
Thinking those who once existed must be dead
Outside of its pop-song context, it frightens the hell out of me.