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Engineers and miners working the nightshift on the evening of the collapse gave the court graphic first hand eyewitness accounts.

'You could see movements in the invert where repairs were being done,' Balfour Beatty miner Nigel McBirnie told the court. He was working on repairs to the defective tunnel invert joint on the night of the collapse. 'I saw pieces of the lining falling. That was enough for me to get out.'

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