2 mine workers killed in Mo. accident

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ST. LOUIS -- Two mine workers are dead in an accident inside a mine in southeast Missouri.

Ste. Geneveieve County Coroner Leo Basler said the men were in a basket extended from a truck several feet into the air, removing loose rock from either the wall or the ceiling of the mine.

Basler said loose rock hit the basket and detached it. The men fell to their death.

The accident happened about 9:45 a.m. Friday inside a lime mine operated by the Mississippi Lime Co. near Ste. Genevieve, about 60 miles south of St. Louis.

Basler said no one else was hurt.

Names of the victims have not been released. Investigators with the Mine Safety and Health Administration are on the scene.

St. Louis-based Mississippi Lime Co. makes calcium products and calcium-based solutions.

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