While much of America was sleeping Saturday night, one by one, nine trapped coal miners were brought to the surface. They were still in a thankful mood as they met the press Monday.
But while they're physically okay, a psychologist at Parkersburg's Worthington Center says it might take them longer to psychologically recover from their ordeal.
"You have some people who might come up six months down the road," says psychologist Bill Hale. "With some problems they didn't have before this incident. You're just going to see people having anxiety over this experience they've been exposed to."
Coal mining, by its nature is a dangerous occupation. But Hale says this incident might also affect the families and rescuers of the miners as well as the residents of Somerset County itself.
The mine incident happened nearly eleven months after the crash of hijacked Flight 93, also in Somerset County, last Sept. 11.
Says Hale, "I think anytime you live in any area where two traumatic events have happened so close together in time and geographic location, it's got to be anxiety-inducing to the people around there."
An inaccurate map is being blamed in part for the accident.
According to the Associated Press, retired miner Joe Jashienski says the mistaken map was wrong because now-deceased miners did not want the government to know they did not follow procedures 45 years ago.
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