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Two dead after incident at Lockerby Mine near Sudbury: Labour Ministry

SUDBURY, Ont. - Two men are dead after an accident at a mine in northern Ontario.

First Nickel Inc. (TSX:FNI) says the two were drillers who were working underground Tuesday at the Lockerby Mine near Sudbury, Ont.

The company says the two were contractors working for Taurus Drilling Services.

First Nickel says in a statement that "a fall of ground, preceded by (seismic) activity" is believed to have been a factor in the accident.

Ministry of Labour spokesman Bruce Skeaff confirmed the deaths and says the ministry is investigating but had no further details.

All other workers have been accounted for and underground operations at the mine were immediately suspended after the incident.

First Nickel says its senior operations management will work with government authorities to thoroughly investigate the accident.

It is also working with Taurus Drilling to ensure the miners' families receive counselling support and is providing counselling for employees and workers at the site.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragic accident that resulted in the deaths of two men and we extend our heartfelt condolences to their families, friends and colleagues," said Thomas M. Boehlert, president and CEO of First Nickel.

"Safety is the top priority for the company and we will ensure this accident is fully investigated," he said.

Premier Kathleen Wynne said she was very concerned about the incident, adding "My thoughts are with the family."

NDP Leader Andrea Horwath also offered her condolences to the families and friends of the men, calling it a "terrible tragedy."

"Today is a grim reminder of the dangers miners face each and every day on the job," she said.

"Every miner's death in Ontario is one too many."

The deaths came just one month after a worker was killed at Vale's smelter in Copper Cliff on April 6.

(The Canadian Press, CJMX)

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