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Girl, 13, found dead in mine shaft

September 03, 2007|From Times Wire Reports

A 13-year-old girl who fell into a brush-covered mine shaft while riding an all-terrain vehicle was found dead at the bottom after an overnight search, and her 10-year-old sister was rescued with serious injuries, authorities said.

The girls were out for a ride in Chloride when their father, who was ahead of them on a dirt bike, noticed they were missing.

The mine, believed to be inactive, was next to a dirt road and had no signs or barriers. Crews that rappelled down the shaft found the girls and the vehicle at the bottom.

The 10-year-old was in critical condition after being taken to a Las Vegas hospital, officials said.

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