Princeton, IN (CBS/AP) - Three people were killed Friday at the site of an air shaft under construction at a mine in southern Indiana, police said.
Princeton police Sgt. Jay Riley said that crews were working to remove the bodies at Gibson County Coal. The accident occurred about 11 a.m. CDT. No one else was trapped or injured, Riley said.
Detective Mike Hurt said the people died in a "basket" used to transport people up and down a 600-foot air shaft, but could not confirm if they fell.
The coroner was at the scene and was the only one who could release further details, he said. A message was left at the Gibson County coroner's office.
Fire crews, police and others were at the scene northwest of Princeton, about 30 miles north of Evansville.
Julie Dozier, personnel coordinator at Gibson County Coal, said she had little information to release, but that the company planned to release a statement later.
"I don't have any kind of statement other than there was not an accident at Gibson County Coal at our underground facility," she said. "There was an accident at another location."
According to the company's Web site, the mine began production in November of 2000 and uses continuous mining units, employing room-and-pillar mining techniques.
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