Explosion at Turkish coal mine traps 32 workers

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May 17, 2010 17:02

 
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ANKARA, Turkey — An explosion ripped through a major coal mine in northern Turkey on Monday, trapping 32 workers, authorities said.

The blast took place at the Karadon mine near the Black Sea port of Zonguldak. There was no immediate word on its cause. It was the third mine accident in Turkey in the past six months.

Gov. Erdal Ata of Zonguldak province said 32 workers were 540 meters below ground and there had been no contact with them since the blast.

"We are trying to reach them," Turkish Labor Minister Omer Dincer said.

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