UPDATE (Day 6): Search continues for second vehicle and men trap - WLBT.com - Jackson, MS

UPDATE (Day 6): Search continues for second vehicle and men trapped in gravel pit

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Mine Safety and Health Administration officials confirm the cab of one of the trapped vehicles has been uncovered at Green Brothers Gravel Pit. 

There is still no sign of either missing man. 

Amy Louviere with the Mine Safety and Health Administration says she is not sure if the workers were inside the vehicles when the accident happened.

A Facebook post Wednesday afternoon from MEMA says the "The team has not been able to locate the cab of the excavator..."

She stated, "The team entered the cab of the haul truck last night but did not find a victim in the cab.  The team worked overnight to remove material around the excavator in an attempt to enter its cab.  They are still moving sand to locate the cab of the excavator."

The crews have been piping water down to the caved site to wash the material from around the machines to the pump, and recover the bodies of James "Dee" Hemphill and Emmit Shorter, who were trapped June 3.

The Brandon Fire Department dive team and the Jackson Fire Department structural collapse teams are also assisting in the recovery. 

Crews from Choctaw, Philadelphia, and Flowood also arrived.

The media was granted access over the primary search area. 

Crews are now situated on top of the track hoe one of the workers was in when the collapse happened, pumping out water from an area filled with sludge that is larger than a football field.  

"Nothing like this has ever happened in our community," said Susie Sojourner, who lives near by. "It's just very hard to know people you love are hurting as bad as they are."

Susie Sojourner brought drinks and water to the workers.  

Her family, like many in the area, have worked in the gravel business for years.  

MEMA put out a statement Tuesday afternoon, saying, a state rescue/recovery team has been contacted and is now on site.

They are executing a plan for extraction from the cabs.

Progress is continuing with pumping, but the operator is also looking at alternate plans using a long reach excavator or the slurry dive team that conducted the Robinson Run Coal recovery in West Virginia in 2012.

That employee's body was trapped in Consol Energy's Robinson Run coal slurry impoundment for more than two weeks.

He was 20 feet down in the sediment.

Dive and rescue teams successfully completed a pipe drive recovery effort to safely access the cab of a submerged bulldozer and recover the employee from the cab of the bulldozer and bring him to the surface.

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