One killed, two injured in collapse at Knox County mine

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — One miner was killed and two other miners were injured in a collapse at a mine in Knox County Tuesday afternoon.

Rural Metro Fire, Knox County Rescue, and American Medical Response responded to the Nyrstar Mine in Mascot on Tuesday. Rural Metro spokesperson Jeff Bagwell confirmed one person was killed in the collapse.

Two injured workers were brought to the surface by mine rescue personnel. They were transported to a local hospital for treatment. The conditions of the injured miners were not immediately available.

Nyrstar operates a processing plant and three underground zinc mines in East Tennessee: Young, Coy and Immel. The three mines are located in and around Knox and Jefferson Counties.

The collapse Tuesday marks the second death at the Immel Mine this year. Cody Maggard, a 26-year-old underground chute puller, was fatally injured at the Immel Mine on February 22.

Brandon Roski, 35, was killed at the Young Mine in Jefferson County on May 18.

Nyrstar released the following statement:

Nyrstar regrets to confirm that this afternoon around 12:30pm EST an incident at the Immel Mine within its East Tennessee operations led to a colleague tragically losing his life and two colleagues sustaining injuries while performing their duties. Nyrstar immediately activated emergency protocols and notified the relevant authorities. Next of kin have been informed. The injured employees were transported to hospital for treatment. The possible cause of the incident is not yet known. Nyrstar is undertaking a review of the accident and is cooperating fully with the relevant authorities. Safety remains a priority for Nyrstar. The company extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased employee who had worked at the mine for the past 11 years. Nyrstar is offering counselling and other support to colleagues who have been affected by this tragic incident.

Nyrstar statement

The Tennessee Occupational Safety and Health Administration will conduct an investigation.

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