(NEW YORK) — Emergency crews worked to free miners trapped in an elevator that stopped working at Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, New York, according to Tompkins County officials.
Seventeen miners became trapped in an elevator shaft Wednesday night. They were reportedly 800 to 900 feet below ground.
Officials said the miners were not injured. Emergency crews and the miners had been in contact via radio transmissions.
Teams from Lansing Fire Department, Ithaca Fire Department and others were on the scene to assist in the rescue.
“At 11:40 p.m. Wednesday an emergency call came in to the Tompkins County 911 Center, reporting 17 mine employees stuck in an elevator below ground. Efforts are focused on ensuring the integrity of the system and putting in place procedures to evacuate the people from the elevator,” according to a statement from Tompkins County Emergency Management.
The miners were given heat packs and blankets to keep warm during the operation.
The mine is owned by Cargill and is operational.
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