Two killed, at least 20 hospitalized in Ouray mine accident

DENVER — Two miners died and at least 20 people were hospitalized Sunday morning in an accident at a mine in Ouray County, county officials reported.

One person was in critical condition following an explosives accident at the Revenue-Virginius mine, about 7 miles south of Ouray, officials said.

A foreman and one miner were overcome by gases following the incident, the Mine Safety and Health Administration said. Other miners in the area evacuated the mine shortly before 8 a.m.

Nick Cappanno, 34, of Montrose and Rick Williams, 59, of Durango were confirmed dead in the accident.

Full details of the incident were not immediately released, but Marti Whitmore of the state’s emergency management office confirmed that two trapped miners had been confirmed dead.

Star Mine Operations, LLC, the owner of the mine, confirmed that all personnel at the site had been accounted for.

The Revenue-Virginius mine is a source of silver, gold and sulfide minerals, according to the Colorado Division of Reclamation Mining.

An investigation was under way.

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