Blast traps at least 30 in Colombian coal mine

At least 30 miners were trapped by an explosion in a coal mine in northeastern Colombia, the mayor of the town of Sardinata said Wednesday.

Mayor Yamile Rangel said that there was only a slim chance that the miners survived the accident.

“The information that we have up to now is that at the moment of the explosion 30 people were working in the mine — they are trapped and we do not believe that they survived,” Rangel said on Radio Caracol.

She said that eight miners had already been pulled out, but she did not know yet if they were dead or alive.

The explosion was apparently caused by an accumulation of methane gas, Rangel said.