(NEW MARKET, Tenn.) — Fire officials in eastern Tennessee say they’ve reached three zinc miners stuck 800 feet below the earth’s surface after a drill rig fire Wednesday afternoon injured two miners and stranded the three men below ground.
“They’re on the way up from underneath the ground at this time,” said New Market Volunteer Fire and Rescue Cpt. Sammy Solomon.
“Anything like this is great news and you want to thank God up above for getting them out.”
The two others were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Earlier, rescuers were able to provide the trapped miners with fresh air as they attempted to pull them to safety.
Fifty-four men were said to be inside the mine at the time of the accident.
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