17 Dead, Hundreds Trapped In Turkish Coal Mine
An explosion and a fire Tuesday killed at least 17 workers at a coal mine in western Turkey and trapped another 200 or more underground, the country’s disaster agency said as it launched a massive rescue operation. A power distribution unit exploded Tuesday afternoon at a mine in the town of Soma, local official Mehmet Bahattin Atci told reporters. Turkey’s disaster and emergency management agency also said about 20 people had been rescued from the site so far, 11 of them with injuries.
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