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Six killed in Mexico coal mine accident
Disaster at second coal mine in north Mexico claims six lives, raising death toll of miners to 13 in region in 10 days.
Last Modified: 04 Aug 2012 02:31
Explosion at second coal mine in northern Mexico claims six lives raising death toll to 13 in ten days [Reuters]

Six miners are killed in a coal mine collapse in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila , according to emergency rescue team.

One miner was rescued earlier, according to a separate report from the mine operator.

Federico Mendez Pacheco, representative of the Coahuila state civil defence office in the coal-mining region, said the six dead men were apparently crushed on Friday when tonnes of coal fell on them.

An explosion was triggered when a large amount of methane gas ignited, causing the collapse of 100 tonnes of coal, mine owner Altos Hornos de Mexico said in a statement.

Nearly 300 miners evacuated the mine without incident, the company said.

The explosion marks the second disaster at a small coal mine in northern Mexico in the past 10 days.

A July 25 explosion killed seven miners, highlighting lax safety conditions in small mines that are often poorly regulated.

Men have mined the largely unregulated, small "pozito" mines that dot Coahuila for more than a century.

A 2006 methane explosion at the much larger Piedras Negras mine, owned by Grupo Mexico, killed 65 miners.

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