Blast at Russian coal mine kills 18 people

MOSCOW (AP) - Officials say a blast at a coal mine in northern Russia has killed 18 people.

The Russian Interior Ministry says there were 23 men in the mine at the time of the blast that happened because of the build-up of methane. Two of them were able to get out on their own and three were rescued.

The Investigative Committee says Russian investigators have opened a probe into suspected violation of safety rules at the mine.

Deadly accidents at coal mines are frequent in Russia because of negligence and recurrent violations of safety regulations. In January, nine people died in two separate mine accidents.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WYMT CONTACT INFO 199 Black Gold Blvd. Hazard, KY 41701 606-436-5757 - switchboard 606-439-9968 - newsroom
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 190810111