26 Jan '11, 1pm

#Colombia #MineDisaster Blast traps at least 30 in #coal #mine

BOGOTA - At least 30 miners were trapped by an explosion in a coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the mayor of the town of Sardinata said Wednesday. Mayor Yamile Rangel said that there was only a slim chance that the miners survived the accident. "The information that we have up to now is that at the moment of the explosion 30 people were working in the mine -- they are trapped and we do not believe that they survived," Rangel said on Radio Caracol. She said that eight miners had already been pulled out, but she did not know yet if they were dead or alive. The explosion was apparently caused by an accumulation of methane gas, Rangel said. Six miners were killed and two others injured in a similar accident in the same mine in October 2010. The mine is located in the Norte de Santander province, which borders Venezuela. Nearly 100 coal miners were killed in work-related acci...

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