The federal officials said: “On Sunday two miners were killed at southwestern Colorado gold mine”.
The Mine Safety and Health administration said: The accident happened at about 7:30 a.m. at Star Mine Operations LLC’s Revenue mine in Ouray, Colorado.
Labor Secretary Thomas Perez said in a statement late Sunday:” An apparent explosives accident took the lives of two Colorado gold miners today”
“The two miners, one of whom was a foreman, were killed by gases. The agency is investigating the cause of the accident” said the federal mine-safety agency.
They couldn’t immediately be reached the representative of Star Mine Operations.
“It was withholding the names of the dead until families could be notified” said The Ouray County sheriff’s department.
20 people from the mine were taken to hospitals but didn’t directly provide further information the department said.
Mr. Perez offered sympathies to the families of the miners who were killed and injured. He also acclaimed the efforts of the mine rescue teams and first responders “that were dispatched so fast in the wake of the accident.”
The fatalities take along the number of miners killed this year at noncoal mines to 17, compared with 17 for all of 2012. Fatalities at such sites have been decreasing over the previous period or so, from about 50 in 1999.
According to MSHA records, The Revenue mine employed about 100 people throughout the third quarter of this year, and it had no other deadly accidents over the previous three years.