Six Miners Trapped In Collapsed Utah Mine

HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) - Six miners were trapped Monday when an underground coal mine collapsed less than 20 miles from epicenter of a minor earthquake, authorities said.

The Genwal mine reported a "cave-in" at 3:50 a.m., an hour after the magnitude 4.0 earthquake, the Emery County sheriff's office said.

"Rescue workers are on scene trying to locate six miners that are unaccounted for," the sheriff's office.

Rocky Mountain Power, a utility with a power plant in the area, sent a rescue team and heavy equipment to the mine, about 140 miles south of Salt Lake City, spokesman Dave Eskelsen said.

A command center was being set up in Huntington, about 15 miles from the mine, said Teresa Behunin, an accountant with Utah American Energy, which owns the mine. She had no other details.

The sheriff's office had said earlier there were no reports of damage or injuries blamed on the quake, centered under the Huntington Canyon area.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by Sandy Location: Freeburn on Aug 6, 2007 at 01:46 PM
    My prayers go out to the miners and their families. My husband is a coalminer in West Virginia.We all know the risk these miners take everyday. I Pray they are safe.
  • by wendy Location: kentucky on Aug 6, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    I hope that they find all the miners alive and well and my prayers go out to the miners and their famiies. my husband is a coalminer in eastern kentucky, so i hope that the miners are doing well and that they find me quickly. God Bless


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