NEW YORK, Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- After spending the night trapped below ground, 17 workers at a Cargill salt mine have been rescued, The New York Times is reporting (17 Workers in Lansing, N.Y., Rescued From Cargill Salt Mine. January 7, 2015). According to reports, the workers became trapped in an elevator 900 feet below the surface on Thursday night and rescue crews could not get them out until the following morning. Rescue crews were able, however to send down water to the workers and communicate through radio devices.
Medical crews were still evaluating the miners, but no serious injuries were reported. A spokesperson for Cargill, Inc., the owner and operator of the mine, stated that the mine would be closed for the rest of the week to allow for an investigation. The company said it would determine why the elevator malfunctioned so it could remedy any potential hazards.
"First of all, we would like to express our gratitude that all the workers appear to be uninjured and that the rescue team did such an outstanding job," said Adnan Munawar, Partner at Munawar & Andrews-Santillo LLP. "While it's too early to reach any conclusions, the initial reports point towards this being a genuine accident with no foul play involved. Cargill has confronted the accident head on and is taking steps towards determining what happened and fixing the problem. At least at this point, this is exactly what you want to see a company do."
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