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In Turkey, when a gas explosion killed 17 miners

June 2 2006

Number of victims of an explosion in a mine in western Turkey, according to recent data, was 17 persons.

According to Energy Minister Hilmi Galer, in the pit coal mine gas explosion that caused the collapse of the arch tunnel shafts. The blast killed 17 people, 40 miners were evacuated. Several miners who participated in the rescue, were hospitalized with methane poisoning.

As the owner of a private coal mine Erhan Ortakoylu, explosion caught the miners at a depth of 150 meters below the surface, according to AP. It is possible that under the debris there are still people.

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