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I just don’t know what to say for once.

Posted by gnn1 on Friday, 17 August 2007

I am heartbroken to be writing this. Another collapse in Utah Thursday evening has killed 2 rescuers and injured 7 more.

I had been dreading the thought of having to come on here and tell you there were six dead miners-if that were the case when they were found. But a secondary collapse that killed rescuers never occurred to me as a possibility.

All rescue workers have now been evacuated.

Castleview Hospital in Price, Ut received six of the miners. One has been released, one was airlifted by helicopter to University of Utah Hospital in Salt Lake City. One died, and the remaining three are being treated for injuries-one is in very serious condition and two are in serious condition.

One worker was flown to Utah Valley Regional Medical Centre directly from the scene. The remaining two were also airlifted directly from the scene, but I don’t know if it was to UVRMC or to Univ of U Hospital.

The cause is said to be a ‘mountain bump’. Fox news is defining that as a common term for

pressure inside the mine that shoots coal from the walls with great force

Some think that the same type of event caused the initial cave in.

Rescue work has been and seemingly will continue to be inhibited by seismic activity and mountain bumps. A coal excavation machine was half-buried Wednesday night by seismic shaking. And there was a mountain bump Thursday morning.

I’ll update as I learn more, later.



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