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Two miners are missing

Crews worked overnight and into Wednesday to reach two coal miners believed buried beneath 75 feet of rock and dirt after a wall of an open pit mine in Hagerstown, Md., collapsed.

Richard DeVore, Allegany County director of emergency services, said the operation was a rescue effort, not a recovery effort, meaning there is hope the miners are alive. Some vehicles were in the area when the wall came down, he said.

Large amounts of debris were still being moved this morning in an effort to make contact with the miners, said Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration.

More than 50 loads of debris weighing 40 tons apiece had been removed, but the wall that collapsed was unstable, she said. DeVore said the section that came down was about 300 feet long and 60 feet high.

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