Drill Getting Closer to Trapped Miners

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

Huntington, Utah (AP) The co-owner of the Crandall Canyon Coal Mine says there was significant progress overnight in the small hole that's being drilled into the mountain.

Bob Murray says the 2 1/2 inch hole has reached a depth of 1,300 feet. That leaves just 200 feet to go before rescuers could finally learn if the miners survived the cave-in early Monday.

A wider hole is also being drilled and officials hoped it could break through by Friday. And tunneling through the mountain is also getting closer.

Barring any setbacks, the smallest hole should be done some time today.

Officials hope to lower a camera and see if the six men are still alive. There has been no communication with the miners since the collapse.


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