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3 Trapped Miners Rescued in Tennessee

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(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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Seven Miners Injured After Rock Burst at Idaho Mine

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(MULLAN, Idaho) -- Seven miners were injured Wednesday evening following a rock burst at a mine in Mullan, Idaho.

The incident occurred around 7:50 p.m. at the Lucky Friday Mine.  The mine's owner told ABC News a rock burst -- or a spontaneous fracturing of rock -- 5,900 feet underground was to blame, not a collapse as had previously been speculated.  She said the burst was caused by a seismic event and was not related to mining activity.

A representative from the mine said that all of its employees -- 20, according to ABC News affiliate KXLY-TV in Spokane, Wash. -- were out of the mine and have been accounted for.  Seven were taken to nearby hospitals, six with non-life threatening injuries.  The other injured miner was moved to a larger hospital.  That miner's condition is not yet known.

The Lucky Friday Mine has since been closed.

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