Officials: Miner dead, 1 rescued in Utah cave-in

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Associated Press

Posted on March 23, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Updated Sunday, Mar 24 at 9:01 AM

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A 28-year-old man has been identified as the miner who died Friday during a cave-in at a Utah coal mine.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/YiRfnf ) that Elam Jones died when he and another miner became trapped earlier in the day at a mine in Bear Canyon, about 10 miles west of Huntington.

Jones' mother is a city councilwoman of Huntington, a small mining town in central Utah. Jones' identity was confirmed by Huntington Mayor Hilary Gordon.

The other trapped miner was rescued and has been released from a hospital.

Federal officials say preliminary information shows a roof fall at the mine, which is part of the Castle Valley Mining Complex.

Messages left with the mine's operator, Rhino Resource Partners, were not immediately returned.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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