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Matheson Joins Utahns in Shock, Grief over Mine Rescuers' Deaths

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Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Matheson Joins Utahns in Shock, Grief over Mine Rescuers' Deaths

Salt Lake City, UT—Congressman Jim Matheson today expressed shock, sadness, and concern at the second tragedy in as many weeks at the Crandall Canyon mine in Huntington, Utah. Thursday night's cave-in injured six and killed three rescuers as they worked underground to reach the original six trapped miners.

"How much more can one community take? The men and women of Utah's coal country represent generations of tough, brave, hard-working people, but the mountain is taking an unbearable toll," said Matheson. "The rescuers are a remarkable example of human bravery. They put their lives on the line in order to come to the aid of their fellow miners, despite the obvious risks."

"Now is a time for supporting the families and others in Emery and Carbon Counties who are enduring this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

"Ultimately, there will be a time for asking questions and getting answers from officials charged with mine safety. Congress will continue to look for ways to improve the health and safety regulations for this inherently risky work environment."

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