One Miner Dead, Another Missing After Salt Mine Collapses in Louisiana

A day after the roof of a salt mine collapsed in Louisiana, one of two missing miners was found dead Tuesday, the mine’s operator confirmed.

The two workers went missing on Monday at global food corporation Cargill’s mine at Avery Island in Iberia Parish. Authorities evacuated 16 other employees who did not have any injuries. The cause of the collapse remains unknown.

“Cargill is deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life in our community,” the company said in a statement. “Out of respect for the families, we will not be sharing further details about the employees at this time. Our sympathy is with the family who is mourning the loss of a loved one and we are offering support to them.”

The company said a rescue team is still searching for the other miner.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Flores