MSHA Investigating Gunnison County Mine Accident

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

Members of the Mine Safety and Health Administration are on scene at a Gunnison County mine, investigating an accident that injured six workers Saturday.

The Gunnison County Sheriff's Office says Saturday afternoon, six people were driving a mining vehicle called a mantrip in the Oxbow Mine in Somerset, when they somehow hit a wall underground.

Deputies tell 11 News two people were transported to St. Mary's Hospital by ground and one was transported by Care Flight. Their names and conditions have not been released.

The three other workers were treated and released at the scene.

A media representative with Oxbow Corp, tells 11 News as as far as he knows, as of Sunday morning all those involved in the accident have been treated and released from the hospital.

He says the company and the Mine Safety and Health Administration are on scene at the mine investigating the incident. He is calling the accident an equipment malfunction and says they believe the throttle on the mantrip got stuck.

Oxbow Corp says it is unsure if it will have to close the mine for any period of time while the investigation continues, but is hopeful that won't be necessary.

Officials say they have not received reports of any other damage to the mine.

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