ISTANBUL (Reuters) – An explosion and fire in a coal mine in western Turkey killed at least 151 miners and trapped hundreds more on Tuesday, with the death toll expected to rise in the country’s worst mining accident for more than two decades.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said 787 workers had been in the mine in Soma, around 120 km (75 miles) northeast of the Aegean coastal city of Izmir, when the blast occurred.
Carbon monoxide poisoning killed most of those confirmed dead, while another 76 were injured and hospitalised, he told reporters at the scene of the disaster.
Rescue workers pumped oxygen into the mine t…
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