9 Injured In Mine Elevator Accident

9 Injured In Mine Elevator Accident

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Nine people were taken to area hospitals following an accident at a Gouverneur-area zinc mine.

Officials said 30 people were descending in an elevator in the Empire State Mine Friday.

“At 7:08 this morning, we had an incident with the hoist that brings the men underground. It abruptly stopped in the shaft on its way down,” said Keith Boyle, Titan Mining chief operating officer. Titan is Empire State's parent company.

Boyle said nine contract miners at the Fowler mine were taken to hospitals, two by ambulance and others by car. The injuries range from sprains to possible fractures.

Company officials and inspectors from the Mine Safety and Health Administration are looking into it.

Boyle said there will be no underground operations until they find out what happened.

“Right now our primary focus is to investigate and find the cause so that we can resume operations safely,” he said. “Underground operations have been suspended. No one is underground at this time.”

The mine opened for full production in June. However, miners have been extracting zinc since January. The mine employs about 200 people. 

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