Bodies recovered after Mexico mine blast
on 26/07/2012 08:22:41
The miners suffered severe burns and were crushed by falling rock, said Francisco Contreras Obregon, the head of the civil defence force in that part of northern Coahuila state.
A total of seven men were trapped underground after what appears to have been a methane gas explosion.
The explosion occurred at the El Progreso mine, located about 90 miles (150 km) south-west of the border city of Eagle Pass, Texas.
Methane gas is a frequent hazard in coal mines, especially the kind of primitive, small-scale mines that dot Coahuila state.
Sixty-five miners died in an explosion at another Coahuila coal mine in 2006.