Turkish, Ukrainian Miners Killed

KIEV, Ukraine (AP) -- A gas explosion on Sunday killed six miners and injured seven others at a coal mine in eastern Ukraine, emergency officials said.

Ukrainian miners

At the time of the blast at a mine in the Luhansk region, 171 miners were underground, said Volodymyr Ovsyannyk, a spokesman for the Emergency Situations Ministry

Six miners died on the spot, seven were hospitalized and 158 others were evacuated, Ovsyannyk said.

Ukraine has some of the world's most dangerous mines, due to outdated equipment and poor safety standards. Since the 1991 Soviet collapse, nearly 4,300 miners have been killed in mining accidents.

In northwest Turkey, a methane gas explosion collapsed a coal mine on Sunday, killing two miners, local officials said.

The collapse occurred near the village of Gokcesu in Bolu province, Gokcesu's mayor, Vahit Aydin, told the Associated Press by telephone. The area is 125 miles northwest of Ankara.

Aydin said only two workers were in the mine at the time of the collapse and both had been killed. A rescue team had recovered one body and was trying to reach the second, he said.

Ali Fuat Atik, the governor for the nearby town of Mengen, told the state-owned Anatolia news agency the collapse was caused by a methane gas explosion.

Mining accidents are frequent in Turkey, due to safety violations, outdated equipment and high concentrations of methane gas. In June, a methane gas explosion killed 17 miners in a coal mine near the western town of Dursunbey.

Source: AP