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Three Mine Collapse Victims Hospitalized

Three Mine Collapse Victims Hospitalized



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Whit Johnson Reporting Of the six surviving victims of the second mine collapse, three have been released from the hospital. The other three are being treated at The University of Utah Medical Center, Utah Valley Regional Medical Center and Castleview Hospital.

Most of the extreme activity that we saw Thursday night with the helicopters and ambulances at Castleview Hospital in Price has died down. Rescue crews and most of the family members who were frantically looking for answers have left the area because five of the six rescue workers who were taken to Castleview have been released.

Friends and family of those injured Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in a cave-in at the Crandall Canyon mine wait outside Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah. The injured were rescue workers who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach six trapped miners. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)
Friends and family of those injured Thursday, Aug. 16, 2007, in a cave-in at the Crandall Canyon mine wait outside Castleview Hospital in Price, Utah. The injured were rescue workers who were trying to tunnel through rubble to reach six trapped miners. (AP Photo/The Salt Lake Tribune, Al Hartmann)

One of those rescuers died a short time after his arrival. Another was transported by helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center in Provo. And, early Friday morning, three were released.

Now, the one remaining rescue worker at Castleview Hospital was listed in stable condition Friday. Hospital officials say he will likely be OK, but won't be released for another two to three days.

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to the miners' families. We were here late with them last night. And, you know, Price is a very close-knit community, and this is a big blow for Carbon and Emery counties," said Jeff Manley, CEO of Castleview Hospital.

Three of the rescue workers were killed in the second collapse caused by another seismic bump. Of those three, two were miners and one was a Mine Safety and Health Administration official.

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