Coal Mine Explosion in Turkey Traps 32 Miners

May 18, 2010 Updated: October 1, 2015
Relatives of miners who are trapped underground after an explosion in a coal mine wait for news near the mine in Turkey's Black Sea city of Zonguldak, on May 18, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)
Relatives of miners who are trapped underground after an explosion in a coal mine wait for news near the mine in Turkey's Black Sea city of Zonguldak, on May 18, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

An explosion in a state-run coal mine in northern Turkey trapped up to 32 workers and wounded 11 Monday.

Local governor, Erdal Ata, drove to the site of the Karadon mine, located near the Black Sea city of Zonguldak. He said that 32 miners were trapped 1,770 feet below the surface and could not yet be reached, according to Turkish media.

No communication with the miners is possible as the communication system malfunctioned with the explosion, said Çetin Onur, deputy general manager of the Anthracite Coal Foundation (TTK) operating the mine.

Rescue teams entered the mine from another shaft, although the general manager of TTK, Mahmut Özçelik, said there may not have been a cave-in.

Özçelik said a malfunction in the electrical system might have been the cause of the explosion.
Monday’s explosion was the latest in a string of deadly accidents in Turkey—two occurring in the last six months.