Crystal Springs gravel pit rescue enters day six - - Jackson, MS

Crystal Springs gravel pit rescue enters day six

Source: WLBT Source: WLBT
Source: WLBT Source: WLBT

In Copiah county, work continued Wednesday at Green Brothers Gravel Company, where two miners were trapped after a collapse last Friday.

Today, we learned that the Copiah County Board of Supervisors had put in a request to the Governor's office, asking that he declare a state of emergency. 

They are hoping that will offset the rising cost of this operation, which is quickly approaching a week in length.  

Emmitt Shorter and James "Dee" Hemphill were in working in the gravel pit, in a dump truck and excavator when the accident happened.

According to reports from the Mine Safety and Health Administration, progress has been slow for the rescue crews. 

Tuesday, they reached a dump truck, one of the mining accident victims was believed to be in, but the truck cab was empty. 

Rescuers are still trying to reach the cab of an excavator, using water to clear out a thick mud, described as a "slurry" mixture..  

Their latest statement said the arm of that machinery that was sticking out of a muddy surface was twisted, making the cab difficult to find.  

In the meantime, an outpouring of community support continues. 

Daisy Tisdale traveled to Crystal Springs from Madison,

"I just had to come and bring them water. Do something," Tisdale said. "I couldn't just watch it on TV any longer and god blessed me today to come out."

Many people are also leaving flowers at the entrance to the mine.

The Hopewell community and surrounding area are continuing to remain prayerful through this tragedy. 

"We're a close knit community and we just love each other," said Sherry Neal, who lives in the area. "We like to support each other and when somebody's going through a bad time, we all pull together."

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