Five miners trapped after explosion in northern Mexico

July 25, 2012 22:25


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MEXICO CITY - An explosion on Wednesday in a coal mine in northern Mexico trapped five miners, officials said.

The explosion occurred at around 9 a.m. local time in Muzquiz, in the coal-mining state of Coahuila, said civil protection representative Juan Antonio Ibarra.

"We have no information as to whether they are alive or injured," Ibarra said.

Emergency services are now attempting to free the trapped miners, he added.

Ibarra said a pocket of gas likely caused the explosion that occurred between 60 and 70 meters (195-228 feet) underground.

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