17 Miners Trapped In New York Salt Mine

17 Miners Trapped
The Ithaca Fire Department is among the four agencies working to free 17 miners trapped in an elevator underground at the Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine. The workers, trapped since 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, have been given blankets to keep warm. A crane, seen above, has been brought in to assist in the operation. Photo from Ithaca Fire Department/Facebook

LANSING, N.Y., Jan. 7 (UPI) — Some 17 miners are trapped in an elevator about 800 feet underground at the Cargill Cayuga Salt Mine in upstate New York.

Emergency crews from at least four agencies were working to rescue the workers,who have been trapped in an access shaft since 10:30 p.m. Wednesday. The miners have been given heat packs and blankets during the operation at the mine, located about 200 miles north of New York City.

The mine has been operational since 1922. It processes about 2 million tons of road salt that is distributed to more than 1,500 locations throughout the northeast United States.


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