February 19, 2006

Explosion in Mexican coal mine leaves 66 trapped

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - An explosion in a coal mine in
northern Mexico trapped 66 people underground and injured seven
others, rescue workers said on Sunday.

Civil protection staff were working to free those trapped
in the mine, located in the state of Coahuila, which borders
Texas in the United States.

"The information that we have is that 66 people are trapped
and seven others, who were outside the mine but affected by the
explosion, are injured," said Miguel Angel Beltran, of the
Civil Protection agency in Saltillo, capital of Coahuila state.

Local media said the explosion occurred in the early hours
of the morning and was caused by gases that ignited.