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One dead, two injured in Knox County mine collapse, Rural Metro Fire reports

Two workers have been injured and one killed in a collapse at the Nyrstar Mine in Mascot.
Published: Jul. 13, 2021 at 1:50 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 13, 2021 at 11:50 PM EDT
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MASCOT, Tenn. (WVLT) - One person has died and two workers have been injured in a collapse at the Nyrstar Mine on 2160 Immel Road, according to Rural Metro Fire officials.

The Rural Metro Fire Department says the two other injured are in “serious condition” and are still at UT Medical Center.

Rural Metro Fire along with Knox County Rescue and American Medical Response responded to the call that came in at 1 p.m.

This is the third fatality at the companies Tennessee locations this year. 26-year-old Cody Scott Maggard, was killed in February and 35-year-old Brandon Roski, was killed in May according to the Mine Safety and Health Administration.

The Immel is one of the three underground zinc mines operated by Nyrstar Tennessee Mines. The East Tennessee plant has over 400 employees, according to Nyrstar.

Nyrstar is the second largest zinc metal producer, covering three continents and more than 4,000 employees.

“The company extends its deepest sympathies to the family, friends and colleagues of the deceased employee who had worked at the mine for the past 11 years,” Nyrstar released in a statement.

Johnathan Dalton, a former employee at Nyrstar for two and a half years, worked alongside the man who died. Dalton says this man was lighthearted and always would make someone feel better and reassured when they were nervous or having a bad day. Dalton went on to say that this man was one of the people who took his job the most seriously and was always very safe on sight.

The collapse is currently under investigation.

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