May 8th, 2010
05:10 PM ET

Russian mine explosion kills 8, traps 60

[Updated 6:02 p.m.] An industrial accident at Russia's largest coal mine has left eight people dead, the Interfax news agency reported early Sunday.

More than 60 miners remain underground in the mine, near the central Siberian town of Mezhdurechensk, where 359 people had been working when the accident occurred at 11:55 p.m. Saturday (12:55 p.m. ET)., according to Russia's Emergency Ministry.

At least four of those rescued from the mine, called Raspadskaya, have injuries, Interfax and the state-run RIA-Novosti news agencies reported. Early media reports suggested the accident was a result of a methane explosion, which are relatively common in Russian mines, but local officials later said the accident was caused by a partial rock collapse inside the mine.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin phoned the local governor and the head of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations and said accident response would happen locally, without help from federal agencies, Interfax said.

Mezhdurechensk is about 2,000 miles east of Moscow. CNN could not immediately reach authorities in Siberia.

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  1. james

    they should get federal help so that the rescue is faster for the minners

    May 8, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. thatguy

    "Mezhdurechensk is about 2,000 miles east of Moscow. CNN could not immediately reach authorities in Siberia."

    Tragic and all and I feel for the people there, but this last part just opens a can of jokes.

    May 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. derek

    the jokes on u jack!

    May 8, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ken

    West Virginia didn't get federal aid either, but it did get federal support.

    Similar deal here, but there's the added fact that Siberia is a long ways away.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |