Crews Begin Rescue of 17 Miners Trapped in Elevator Shaft in New York

January 7, 2016 1:18 PM

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Crews Begin Rescue of 17 Miners Trapped in Elevator Shaft in New York

Rescue crews pulled 15 miners to the surface on Thursday morning, part of a group of 17 that spent the night trapped in an elevator 900 feet below ground at a road salt mine in central New York.

Mark Klein, a spokesman for Cargill Inc., the company based in Minnesota that operates the mine, said there were no reported injuries as crews carried out the rescue. He said the mine would be closed for the rest of the week so the company could investigate how the elevator malfunctioned.

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