Emergency crews were working overnight to free 17 miners trapped in an elevator more than 70 stories below ground in upstate New York, officials said early Thursday.
The Ithaca Fire Department said it was helping with the "major rescue" at the Cargill salt mine in Lansing. The workers were trapped in an elevator 775 feet down an access shaft, it said in a statement posted on Facebook.
A crane has been brought in to assist with extricating the miners, according to the Tompkins County Department of Emergency Response. It said the trapped workers had been given radios and supplies.