The Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that an accident Friday (April 11) at Mississippi Lime Company's facility on Highway 61 in Ste. Genevieve County has resulted in two deaths.
Major Jason Schott, chief deputy with the Sheriff's Office, said Friday morning that two people were dead as the result of a "commercial accident" but no information was being released until next of kin were notified.
(UPDATE: Victims' names released.)
He added, "I don't know the details of how it occured yet," since the investigation was ongoing.
He said the Sheriff's Office classified it as a commercial accident since it took place on company property.
County Coroner Leo "Chipper" Basler told The Associated Press on Friday that the men were removing loose rock either from a wall or ceiling of the mine when loose rock hit the boom and detached it from the truck.
In a statement, Mississippi Lime Company President Bill Ayers said, "Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of the two team members who died this morning at our Ste. Genevieve mine. ... Our initial investigation indicates there was an accident involving a piece of underground mining equipment. Emergency crews were called immediately, but were unable to save the team members. We are still working to notify the families and will release more information soon."
According to the statement, operations at the scene of the accident have been stopped while the Mine Safety and Health Administration conducts an investigation.
The Ste. Genevieve/St. Francois County 911 Joint Communications Center received the call around 9:30 Friday morning, an employee at the center said Friday. He confirmed it was reported as a boom collapse, but he did not have details other than two individuals suffered injuries.