17 mine employees trapped in salt mine near Ithaca, New York

LANSING, N.Y. (AP) — Two miners are still stuck in an elevator 775 feet underground at a central New York salt mine near Ithaca and emergency crews are working on a rescue. 15 have been rescued and are being evaluated by medical personnel.

UntitledEmergency management officials say rescue equipment is on the scene and the miners aren’t in danger.

Tompkins County Emergency Management officials say the miners have been trapped since late Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, about 40 miles outside Syracuse.

Authorities tell local media that they’re able to communicate with the miners and have managed to get them blankets, heat packs, and other supplies.

A crane from Auburn has arrived at the scene to help in the rescue.

Cargill’s website says the mine just north of Ithaca has been in operation since 1922 and annually processes about 2 million tons of road salt that’s shipped throughout the northeast United States.

Messages left at Cargill’s corporate headquarters were not immediately returned early Thursday.


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