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Cargill Salt Mine in Lansing Reopens

By Jason Weinstein.
Cargill's salt mine in Lansing has reopened, after work underground was halted Jan. 7 when the main elevator to the mine malfunctioned. The mine staff will spend the next several days performing equipment inspections and other preparation work before resuming underground mining.

At about 10 p.m. Jan. 7, as 17 miners made their way to the mine for the start of their shift, the elevator became stuck at the 900-foot level. The elevator shaft goes to a depth of 2,300 feet. Ten hours later the miners were rescued and back on surface. There were no injuries.

A bracket that held one of the two guide rails had broken, causing the elevator car to become stuck.