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2 miners trapped

Crews moved thousands of tons rock Wednesday in hopes of finding two men buried underneath at least 40 feet of rubble at an open mining pit in Maryland.

The two men became trapped Tuesday after a wall of the mining pit they were working in collapsed. The wall was about 100 to 125 feet tall and its collapse created a layer of rock anywhere from 40 to 80 feet deep. Rescuers believe that the men are located where the fallen rock is more shallow.

The reasoning for the collapse is unknown, Bob Cornett, a district manager for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administrationan said, but heavy rain in the area could have played a part.

The miners were buried with equipment that had radios, but there has been no communication with the men since the incident.

Crews continue to search for the men.

http://washingtontimes.com/metro/20070418-104853-9054r.htm
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