Mine worker killed in north Ga. mine collapse

ELLIJAY, Ga. (AP) - Authorities say a mine worker was killed in a collapse about two miles inside a limestone mine in north Georgia.

Gilmer County Sheriff's Lt. Frank Copeland says the collapse occurred just after 10 a.m. Emergency workers continue to try to extricate the mine worker.

The mine owner, Carmeuse Lime and Stone, identifies him as 45-year-old Tony Allen Cruse. Company vice president and general
counsel Kevin Whyte says Cruse had been at the mine about eight
years and was a scaler operator, working a piece of large machinery
that scales the rock off the walls of the mine.

The accident is being investigated by the company and the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The mine is known locally as the Talona Mine and produces crushed stone.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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