17 miners spent 10 hours trapped in elevator

Posted at 6:10 AM, Jan 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-07 09:42:34-05

Emergency crews have rescued 17 miners who became trapped in an elevator that stopped working at the Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing, ABC News reports.

The miners became trapped in an elevator shaft Wednesday night. They were reportedly 800 to 900 feet below ground.

Officials said the miners were not injured. Emergency crews and the miners had been in contact via radio transmissions.

Teams from the Lansing Fire Department, Ithaca Fire Department and others assisted in the rescue.

"At 11:40 p.m. Wednesday an emergency call came in to the Tompkins County 911 Center, reporting 17 mine employees stuck in an elevator below ground. Efforts are focused on ensuring the integrity of the system and putting in place procedures to evacuate the people from the elevator," according to a statement from Tompkins County Emergency Management.

The miners were given heat packs and blankets to keep warm during the operation.