3 Rescue Workers Killed in Mine

Community reels as seismic jolt triggers new accident
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2007 12:53 AM CDT
3 Rescue Workers Killed in Mine
A Crandall mine rescue worker injured after a cave-in at thr rescue site in Huntington, Utah is rushed from a medical helicopter and into a waiting ambulance at the University of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007. A disastrous cave-in Thursday night killed a rescue worker...   (Associated Press)

Three men have died and six were injured in another collapse at a Utah mine where the team was working to save six trapped miners, reports the New York Times. "It's a devastating blow to what was already a tragic situation," said the local mayor. The accident yesterday evening was caused by seismic shaking that has plagued the rescue operation.

A tunneling machine was buried Wednesday in a collapse. "This mountain is still alive," said mine co-owner Robert Murray. "The seismic activity has been relentless." The latest tragedy compounds the agony of friends and family waiting for word of the lost miners, trapped in a cave-in ten days ago. Rescuers had been optimistic earlier yesterday after picking up sounds deep in the mine. (More Utah stories.)

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