Officials trying to recover the bodies of two miners following a Friday landslide at a central Mississippi gravel pit say heavy duty pumps are expected to arrive Monday evening to help in that effort.
Emmitt Shorter and James "Dee" Hemphill were operating a track hoe and a dump truck at Green Brothers Gravel Company near Crystal Springs when a quicksand-like slurry engulfed their vehicles.
Officials believe the men to be dead.
Supervised by the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration, workers tried to remove the vehicles Saturday and Sunday with a crane but were unable to dislodge them. Heavier pumps that can remove mud and slurry were being escorted to the site Monday by state troopers.
MSHA manager William O'Dell says officials are focused on recovering the bodies and will investigate the cause of the incident later.
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