Ohio man killed in explosion at upstate NY zinc mine

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GOUVERNEUR, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say a worker from Ohio has been killed in a gas explosion in a zinc mine in northern New York.

State police say the blast occurred around 11 a.m. Monday about 3,800 feet (1158 meters) underground at the Empire State Mines in the St. Lawrence County town of Gouverneur (goo-vur-NOOR’), near the Canadian border 95 miles (152 kilometers) north of Syracuse.

Troopers say a miner was taken to the local hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 90 minutes after the explosion.

Police on Friday identified the miner as 40-year-old Brendan Demasters, of Middleburgh Heights, Ohio. Officials say he was working for a contractor.

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Mine Safety and Health Administration is assisting with the ongoing investigation.

The mine is owned by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Titan Mining Corp.

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