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AP PHOTOS: As Utah closes old mines, adventurers slip inside
Published in 30-10-2018
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EUREKA, Utah (AP) Abandoned mines that pepper the landscape of the American West were thrown into the spotlight this month when a man plunged to the bottom of an old mine shaft in Arizona and spent nearly three days there, badly hurt, before a friend heard his cries for help. In Utah, two missing teenagers were found dead in a mine shaft earlier this year after authorities say a man killed them and dumped them there. The West's mountains and deserts hold hundreds of thousands of abandoned mines, a legacy of its prospecting past. Work is underway to seal them in places like Utah, where people have died in falls, all-terrain-vehicle crashes and from poisonous air from old mines.