(KMOV) – Two mine workers were killed in an accident inside a mine near Ste. Genevieve on Friday.
Officials say the workers died after a boom collapsed around 9:45 a.m. inside a lime mine operated by the Mississippi Lime Co. on U.S. 61. According to authorities, the boom collapsed when two workers were scraping limestone and pieces of the rock hit the boom, causing to collapse, which then caused the workers to hit the ground.
The company has identified the miners as 53-year-old John Hahl, of Farmington, and 29-year-old Chris Rawson of Hillsboro.
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, two people have been killed in accidents in previous years at the facility.
Officials say Skeets Myrick, 45, was working as a welder in June 2007 when he was struck by a suspended 42-inch diameter pipe. He died at the hospital six days later.
A man was also killed in an accident in 2002. Officials say Jerry Vaughn, 54, died when he was hit by a dust collector bag that had been dropped from a third-floor window.