Paramedics perform chest compressions on an injured miner inside the ambulance.
HUNTINGTON, Utah -- I was flying when word came about the second accident in the Crandall Canyon Mine. I had covered the initial week of the disaster, but was now off to Peru to cover the terrible earthquake there. I was flying from Atlanta to Miami, and then connecting to Lima.
When I landed in Miami and found out what happened, I was both stunned and not so stunned at the same time. Stunned, because of the magnitude of additional anguish and loss. Not so stunned, because I know how dangerous it can be in the mine. I spent two hours in the mine last week, and we experienced a frightening mountain bump. We heard a boom and the mine shook. For an instant, I thought the mine might start collapsing. And indeed, that's what happened Thursday night.
When I got off the plane in Miami, I saw Anderson on the TV in the airport terminal anchoring our special coverage. I called our control room so I could talk with Anderson and our viewers from a payphone at Miami International Airport.
My plane was supposed to leave for Lima at 11:55 p.m., but our coverage of this new mining disaster was going to continue until 2 a.m. We decided I would stay on the phone and the American Airlines flight would continue to Lima without me. My producer and two videographers were already on their way to Peru from other cities and would work with our other staff on the ground there.
After our initial coverage overnight, my bosses asked me to head back to Utah, so that's what I did. I took the first flight out of Miami, and now I'm back at this incredibly sad story at Crandall Canyon Mine.
I got a chance to meet many miners and their family members while I was last here. Just minutes ago, I received a call from the niece of one of the seriously injured men. She was crying and couldn't believe this had happened, especially since another man, her cousin, had been in the mine and escaped injury during the initial collapse.
My luggage is somewhere in Lima right now, but it is irrelevant to me as we contend with the terrible sadness in Peru and at Crandall Canyon.
-- By Gary Tuchman, CNN Correspondent