OURAY COUNTY Accident at Revenue-Virginius Mine injures
Written by Administrator
Sunday, 17 November 2013 18:36
Ouray Police enforced a roadblock on County Road 361 (Camp Bird Mine Road) after an accident at Revenue-Virginius Mine. Ouray Police received a call regarding the emergency at approximately 7:30 a.m. on Sun., Nov. 17.
Plaindealer photo by Bill Tiedje
By Sheridan Block
Sixteen miners were involved in a mining accident at the Revenue-Virginius mine in Ouray on Sunday morning.
An accident left several miners trapped in the mine. However, mine manager Rory Williams of the Star Mining Company said the injuries were a result of miners breathing in gases and chemicals in the air following a blast.
Williams added that a “powder smoke incident” triggered the accident, though he could not confirm that. Williams was en route to the site from the Front Range on Sunday morning. He said he was notified of the accident around 8 a.m.
Williams is en route to Ouray from the Front Range this morning.
Public spokesperson of Montrose Memorial Hospital Leann Tobin confirmed that the hospital received one patient via TriState Careflight this morning around 9:15. The hospital received another four patients from ambulance services.
According to police scanners, Montrose Memorial was prepared to accept an additional five patients and Delta County Memorial Hospital would be able to treat up to five of the less critical patients. At around 11:30 a.m., four patients were being transported to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction.
Tobin was unable to comment on the conditions of the patients and was unsure of the cause of the accident, but she added that Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango was accepting patients and had dispatched the hospital’s Flight For Life helicopter for transportation.
There were 20 affected by gases which included nitrogen dioxide and carbon dioxide.
The Revenue-Virginius mine is a silver, lead, zinc, copper and gold mine operated by Star Mine Operations, a division of Silver Star Resources based in Denver. The mine is located about eight miles south of Ouray. The deposit consists of high grade narrow mesothermal quartz veins.
UPDATE: 2 CONFIRMED DEAD
At 11:30 a.m. another call came in that an avalanche injured someone on Red Mountain Pass near Tricot Peak. Ouray EMS and Mountain Rescue were responding.
Last Updated on Monday, 18 November 2013 00:53