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Three Killed, 94 Injured in Lift Accident

December 24, 1991

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa (AP) _ An elevator carrying miners out of a mine broke Tuesday, killing three and injuring 94, the Anglovaal mining company said.

A company statement said eight of the injured were in serious condition after the accident at the Hartebeestfontein gold mine, 110 miles west of Johannesburg.

According to the statement, officials believed an ″over-wind″ of the elevator cable caused the accident but said an investigation would take place. In such cases, the elevator fails to stop at the surface and crashes into the structure above.

South Africa is the world’s largest gold producer and has some of the deepest mines. Frequent accidents and rock slides often cause fatalities.

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