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Workers who were trapped overnight at the Elandsrand gold mine near Carletonville, South Africa, smile after being rescued Thursday. A pressurized air pipe snapped and tumbled down a shaft Wednesday, causing extensive damage to an elevator and stranding 3,200 miners more than a mile underground. All were eventually rescued. The mine owner and South African officials vowed to improve safety in one of the country's most important industries after the accident prompted allegations that the company had cut safety corners and not properly maintained the mine.
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