Two miners missing after roof collapse at salt mine in Louisiana

December 15, 2020

A roof collapse at Cargill’s salt mine in Avery Island, LA left two miners unaccounted for according to multiple news reports.

The television station KATC reported the incident happened Monday, Dec. 14 in the morning at the Cargill salt mine in Avery Island. The company said first responders were currently working to recover the two missing miners.

Cargill, the food production company, said in a statement its Avery Island salt mine experienced a roof collapse as 18 employees were working there at the time of the collapse.

As of Dec. 15, The Hill reported that search and rescue operations were continuing. Cargill said it was working with the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration to respond to the incident.

The other 16 employees present during the collapse were evacuated and did not experience injuries.

“The facility has been shut down to allow a complete investigation of the incident and ensure the safe operations of our facility,” Cargill said in its statement.

“Throughout the day we have been relocating critical equipment to aid in the search and rescue efforts,” the statement continued. “Our mine rescue teams are advancing to the location of the collapse to secure the site underground and intend to work through the night. Our immediate focus is on the two missing miners and the safety of the rescue personnel.”

The Avery Island salt mine, which has been in operation since the mid-1800s, produces salt used to deice roads in the winter in the U.S. and Canada.

 

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