Mine collapse kills two in Louisiana

Updated: Dec. 16, 2020 at 9:46 AM CST
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AVERY ISLAND, La. (WAFB) - On Wednesday, December 16, the Iberia Parish Coroner’s Office identified two miners killed Monday during a roof collapse at the Cargill salt mine on Avery Island.

The victims were identified as 27-year-old Lance Begnaud, II of Broussard and 41-year-old Rene Romero, Jr. of New Iberia.

Company representatives for Cargill say the collapse happened on Avery Island during the early morning hours of Monday, Dec. 14.

Sixteen other Cargill employees were evacuated without injury.

“Our sympathy is with the family who is mourning the loss of a loved one and we are offering support to them,” a company statement says.

Cargill says an investigation is underway.

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