17 mine employees trapped in elevator in NY salt mine

Ithaca Fire Department

LANSING, N.Y. (AP) — 17 miners were stuck in an elevator 775 feet underground at a central New York salt mine near Ithaca Wednesday night into Thursday morning. The miners are being evaluated by medical personnel.

Emergency management officials say rescue equipment was on the scene and the miners weren’t in danger.

Tompkins County Emergency Management officials say the miners were trapped since late Wednesday night around 10:30 p.m. at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, about 40 miles outside Syracuse.

Authorities tell local media that they were able to communicate with the miners and managed to get them blankets, heat packs, and other supplies.

A crane from Auburn arrived at the scene to help in the rescue.

Cargill’s website says the mine just north of Ithaca has been in operation since 1922 and annually processes about 2 million tons of road salt that’s shipped throughout the northeast United States.

Messages left at Cargill’s corporate headquarters were not immediately returned early Thursday.

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