Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore says the sheriff’s office was called to the Revenue Virginius mine at about 7:20 a.m. Sunday. The miners were trapped underground, and they were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon.
Star Mine Operations, LLC, the owner of the mine, could not be reached for comment, but Whitmore says the company has accounted for all of the workers at the site.
She says 20 people were taken to area hospitals, and all but two have been treated and released. The circumstances of the accident and the conditions of the hospitalized workers have not been released.