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Breaking News: Rescue Operation Halted in Utah. Three Rescuers Dead, Six Injured in Second Mine Collapse

Reported by Marie Therese - August 17, 2007 -

The massive effort that was mounted ten days ago, aimed at rescuing six coal miners trapped 2,000 feet underground in Huntington, Utah has been halted. It is not clear whether this is temporary or permanent. All major cable networks are reporting that three rescue workers were killed and six others injured in a second collapse that occurred Thursday evening, caused when a seismic "bump" shook the mine. A "bump" is an eruption of coal and rock under pressure from drilling. Utah's Governor has canceled a scheduled press conference. FOX News announced earlier that mine owner Robert Murray will speak at a press conference Friday morning. Our hearts go out to the families who have lost a loved one or who have a family member still trapped. We wish a speedy recovery to those miners who have been injured.