Ukraine Mine Accident Leaves 26 Workers Missing

DONETSK, Ukraine -- Twenty-six workers were missing after an accident at a Ukrainian coal mine, an industry official said on Monday.

The official said some 27 of 53 miners had managed to reach to the surface after the accident in the Skochynsky mine near the eastern town of Donetsk.

"There was an ejection of coal and gas," a spokeswoman for the state industrial inspectorate told Reuters, adding that the exact situation in the mine including of those missing was as yet unclear.

Accidents are frequent in Ukrainian mines, many constructed in the 19th century and barely modernised since the Soviet times. More than 100 miners died in 2007 after three explosions in two week. A dozen died last year in similar blasts.

Source: World Bulletin