Search Ongoing For 2 Mississippi Workers Trapped In Gravel Pit Landslide

June 7, 2016

A search for two workers who went missing after a landslide at a gravel pit in southern Mississippi is underway, according to a spokeswoman for the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

Amy Louviere said Monday the search for two workers a truck and excavator that also are buried need to be removed before officials can go back into the pit for the workers. Officials were evaluating another approach to remove the heavy equipment as of Monday.

Louviere says the two men were operating heavy equipment for Green Brothers at a pit in Crystal Springs on Friday when they were completely buried in 10 feet to 12 feet of mud, slush and sluice.

Louviere said mine employees have built a road so a crane can access the area and lift out the buried equipment.

The names of the miners have not been released.

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