166 dead, many trapped in Turkish coal mine

Published on Tuesday, 13 May 2014 20:10 - Written by SUZAN FRASER, Associated Press

SOMA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's energy minister has raised the death toll from an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey to 166. Some 200 people are still believed trapped inside the mine.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said early Wednesday that 787 people were working inside at the time of the accident in the coal mine in Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul.

He says 80 mine workers were injured and at least four of them are in serious condition.

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Fraser reported from Ankara, Turkey.

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