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By CNN Staff

(CNN) — Authorities do not yet know what caused an accident at a silver mine in southwest Colorado that killed two miners and injured 19.

The accident occurred Sunday morning at the Revenue-Virginius mine near Ouray, about 270 miles from Denver.

The Ouray County sheriff’s office ruled out an explosion or a mine collapse, and said Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) will investigate.

Among the miners who made it out after the accident, 19 were taken to various hospitals. Rescuers moved in to recover two miners who remained behind.

The coroner’s preliminary report said both men died of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The pair was identified as: Nick Cappanno, 34, of Montrose, Colorado; and Rick Williams, 59, of Durango, Colorado.

Revenue-Virginius mine produces silver, lead, zinc, copper and gold, according to the company website.

CNN’s Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.

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