Ohio Part Owner of Utah Mine Hopeful About Search for Trapped Miners

HUNTINGTON, Utah (AP) - An Ohio company says it has had an excellent safety record at a Utah coal mine where six miners are trapped by a cave-in.

Murray Energy of suburban Cleveland is a part owner of the Crandall Canyon mine. Chairman Robert Murray says they run a very safe coal mine.

Searchers have been unable to contact the miners, who are beneath more than 1,500 feet of solid rock. Murray says crews hope drill rigs can punch holes in the mine to improve ventilation and help determine if the workers survived the collapse early yesterday.

Murray says if they are alive, the miners would have plenty of air because oxygen naturally leaks into the mine. It's also stocked with drinking water.