One miner is believed to be trapped after an early-morning cave-in at a Nevada gold mine near Winnemucca.
The Mine Health and Safety Administration says the accident at
the underground Getchell Mine happened Tuesday around 3:30 a.m.
Agency spokesman Dirk Fillpot says a miner was working on a roof
bolter when the ground shifted and buried the heavy machinery.
He says two mine rescue teams are on the scene. It's unknown how far below the surface the accident occurred.
The Getchell Mine is owned jointly by Toronto-based Barrick Gold
Corporation and Denver-based Newmont Mining.
Barrick spokesman Vincent Borg says the operation is being mined
by a contract company called SMD.
He says the missing worker is an employee of SMD.
In June, another miner was killed in Nevada at a different gold mine when the ground gave way as he was working on a loader.
Thirteen days later, teams recovered the body of 30-year-old Dan
Shaw from Newmont Mining's Midas mine.
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