Mexico Coal Mine Accident Kills Six in Coahuila
Mexico City, August 4 (RHC)-- Six miners have died in an accident at an underground coal mine in Mexico. The owners of the mine in the northern state of Coahuila said the men were trapped when 100 tons of coal and rock collapsed. Officials said one miner who had been cut off by the rockfall had been rescued with minor injuries.
The accident happened not far from El Progreso mine, where seven members of the same family died in a methane gas blast last week.
About 200 people were working in the mine at the time, most of whom were quickly evacuated. The company running the mine, Altos Hornos de Mexico, said the rockfall had been caused by "a pocket of methane gas."
According to a pressure group founded by relatives of mining victims, 30 people died in accidents in Coahuila's coal mines in 2011. The group, Relatives of Pasta Concho, says at least 50,000 people work in Coahuila's coal mines, many of which are unregulated and lack the necessary security measures.