Copiah gravel victim recovery nears one week - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Copiah gravel victim recovery nears one week

Thursday the media was granted access to the Mine Safety and Health Administration mobile command center where they keep a watchful eye on the workers, ensuring nobody else gets hurt or loses their life.  Source: WLBT Thursday the media was granted access to the Mine Safety and Health Administration mobile command center where they keep a watchful eye on the workers, ensuring nobody else gets hurt or loses their life.  Source: WLBT
More equipment continued to roll in Thursday afternoon, as work continues around the clock to rescue the remaining miner. Source: WLBT More equipment continued to roll in Thursday afternoon, as work continues around the clock to rescue the remaining miner. Source: WLBT
COPIAH COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

One worker has been found, but another is still missing at Green Brothers Gravel Company in Copiah County.

The gravel pit worker was found around 1:30 a.m. Thursday morning inside the cab of an excavator. Members of the Mississippi "Task Force 2" search party worked for five hours to free him, using their hands to move the dirt. 

Now teams continue their search for the second victim.  

Mike Davis, the south central district director of the Mine Safety and Health Administration said, "Without an eyewitness we don't know whether he was in the cab, tried to escape the cab was standing outside the cab, we have no idea we just know he was not in the cab."

Officials say it took time to reach the submerged excavator and dump truck because they had to build a pad to place heavy equipment on. 

The second victim now believed to be in a massive area covered deep in a mud like substance after the collapse. 

"It's approximately 15-18 feet, 500 feet long, 25 feet wide. That gives us an estimate of about 1.5 cubic feet of material that entered that breach," said Davis.

Thursday the media was granted access to the Mine Safety and Health Administration mobile command center where they keep a watchful eye on the workers, ensuring nobody else gets hurt or loses their life. 

More equipment continued to roll in Thursday afternoon, as work continues around the clock to rescue the remaining miner.

Officials say they may start using a ground penetrating radar to possibly assist them in their search.

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