2 Killed, 20 Injured in Colorado Mining Accident

Two workers were killed and 20 others were injured in a mining accident near the southwestern Colorado town of Ouray.

Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says the sheriff's office was called to the Revenue Virginius mine at about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. The miners were trapped underground, and they were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon. They were identified as Nick Cappanno of Montrose and Rick Williams of Durango.

Star Mine Operations, LLC, the owner of the mine, could not be reached for comment, but Whitmore says the company has accounted for all of the workers at the site.

She says 20 people were taken to area hospitals. As of Sunday night, four remain in the hospital and all are in fair condition.

The circumstances of the accident and the conditions of the hospitalized workers have not been released.

Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) has been notified and will have jurisdiction for investigation of the incident.


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