17 miners stuck in New York salt mine as crews begin rescue

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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Seventeen miners are stuck in an elevator 900ft underground at a central New York salt mine and emergency crews are working on a rescue.

Emergency management officials said rescue equipment is on the scene and the miners are not in danger.

Tompkins County Emergency Management officials said the miners have been trapped since late Wednesday night at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, about 40 miles outside Syracuse.

Authorities said that they are able to communicate with the miners and have managed to get them blankets, heat packs, and other supplies.

Cargill’s website says the mine just north of Ithaca has been in operation since 1922 and annually processes about two million tons of road salt that is shipped throughout the north-east United States.

Published: Thursday 7th January 2016 by The News Editor

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