Rescuers Working To Save Trapped Miners

April 18, 2007

Rescuers are working to reach two trapped miners in Western Maryland. They are believed to be under 75 feet of debris from a collapsed wall of an open pit mine.

Dirk Fillpot, the Mine Safety and Health Administration, says that trucks have been removing 2,500 to 3,500 tons of material per hour since about 6pm last night.

He says that the wall remains unstable which sometimes interrupted the loading of material. Fillpot describes the wall as between 100 and 125 feet high.

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