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Indonesia workers trapped in AZ company's mine

May 14, 2013

TIMIKA, Indonesia -- Rescuers at a giant U.S.-owned mine in eastern Indonesia have freed four out of 37 workers who were believed trapped underground Tuesday when a tunnel collapsed, the company said. The accident occurred when 40 employees and contract workers were gathered in a classroom inside a training tunnel about 500 yards from the entrance of the Big Gossan Mine in Papua province, according to a statement by PT Freeport Indonesia, a subsidiary that runs the mine owned by Phoenix-based Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Inc.

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