Six people who were injured in a Friday afternoon mining accident are all out of the hospital. In a press release from Cliffs Natural Resources, the last person who received medical treatment was released Saturday morning.
Deputy Chief Chuck Banks with the Concord Fire District says that around 3 p.m. Friday, they had a report of an accident at the north portal of the Oak Grove Mine.
He says that it appears a "mancart" transporting miners collided with another piece of equipment. Six people were injured. Five were taken to UAB Hospital by ground ambulance and one person was flown to the hospital by helicopter.
The operator of the mine, Cliffs Natural Resources, released a statement, updating the accident:
"Safety is the most important of Cliffs' core values. Cliffs will continue to work with federal and state officials to determine the cause of the accident. The area in which the accident occurred has been closed while the investigation into the accident continues.
The Oak Grove Mine continues to operate."
Federal and state mine safety officials have been notified regarding the incident which occurred underground. Cliffs is working with federal and state officials to determine the cause of the incident.
News releases and other information on the Company are available on the Internet at: http://www.cliffsnaturalresources.com.
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