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Trapped Miners & Mexico

May 3, 2011 by USA Post 

Trapped Miners & Mexico, Fourteen miners were trapped and at least one injured after a gas explosion rocked a coal mine in Coahuila state, near the U.S. border in northern Mexico, local authorities said on Tuesday.

“There are 14 people trapped and injured his arm and managed to get out” of the mine near the town of Sabinas, Segismundo Doguin, a state civil protection official, told Agence France-Presse.

Rescuers were still unable to contact the miners in the afternoon, several hours after the blast, which was apparently caused by methane gas, Doguin said.

The miners were trapped about 50 feet underground, he added.

Sabinas Mayor Jesus Maria Montemayor said the TV Forum area, about 130 km of the U.S. border, had been cordoned off, and that the injured miners were evacuated to the state capital of Saltillo.

A 2006 explosion at the Pasta de Conchos mine near Sabinas, 65 miners killed most of whose bodies have not been recovered.

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