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Colorado mine accident kills 2, injures 20

OURAY, Colo. - Authorities are trying to determine exactly what sort of accident occurred in a mine in southwestern Colorado that left two miners dead of carbon monoxide poisoning and injured 20 others.

The Ouray County sheriff's office was called to the Revenue-Virginius mine at 7:20 a.m. Sunday.
    
Ouray County spokeswoman Marti Whitmore said the miners were underground and were confirmed dead Sunday afternoon. Authorities said at a late night news conference that the two died from carbon monoxide poisoning.
    
Local media were reporting that investigators are looking at whether a blast on Saturday played a role.
    
Two newspapers identified the dead as 34-year-old Nick Cappanno of Montrose, Colo., and 59-year-old Rick Williams of Durango, Colo.
    
The 20 injured were taken to three area hospitals, and most were treated and released.


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