June 17th, 2010
09:50 AM ET

Official: Colombia mine explosions traps 72, kills 8

[Updated at 9:50 a.m.] A coal mine explosion early Thursday in northwest Colombia has trapped 72 miners and killed at least eight workers, President Alvaro Uribe said.

Eight bodies had been retrieved by Thursday morning, Uribe said.

"This is very sad news," Uribe said on the president's website. "The information I have from the minister (of mines) is that they have retrieved
eight bodies. This is very grave. And I give this news to Colombians with much pain."

[Updated at 9:25 a.m.] Eight bodies have been recovered from a coal mine explosion in northwestern Colombia, President Alvaro Uribe said Thursday.

[Posted at 8:55 a.m.] A coal mine explosion early Thursday in northwest Colombia has trapped at least 70 miners and killed at least five workers, a local official told CNN en Español.

The explosion at the San Fernando mine in the city of Amaga was caused by an accumulation of gas, said John Fredy Rendon, director of the Antioquia Disaster Prevention and Attention System, commonly called DAPARD.

The incident occurred around 1 a.m. local time (2 a.m. ET), during a shift change, which means there were more employees in the mine at the time, Rendon said.

- Journalist Fernando Ramos contributed to this report.

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  1. lol ok

    I was worried at first, but not so much after hearing that they're just columbians. That's at least 75 less drug-peddlers; not too shabby. I'm sure Jesus played a big role, this must be His will.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Amazing

      It's embarrasing that you would tie in that comment with Jesus. As a CHRISTian I am saddened by that fact that there are people in this world that actually think like that.

      Go back to your hole.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Juan Carlos

      'Fish dies because of its mouth' LOL OK: Be worried about your mouth & evident ignorance. My prayers with all the affected families too.

      June 17, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Juan Carlos

      MR LOL OK,

      Justice must be placed on GOD hands, not in your what you may think...

      It´s now 08:43pm and at the moment there are 19 death people confirmed and 57 more coverd by land... bodies that must be rescued.

      If know don´t the mayority of the Colombian people is honest and good people. Good working men and women. Just a big minority of colombians deal with narcotrafic.
      These death people died working in a coal mine , COAL one of the MAIN and MOST IMPORTANT ENERGY SOURCES in TODAYS WORLD;
      So this mine and THIS HONEST WORKING PEOPLE were working doing their part in the production of Colombian energy and the energy of many nations, including yours! !

      Wisdom does not judges what it doesn´t know...

      June 17, 2010 at 9:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Claud

      Yea probalbly the drugdiler that ur mother was there too

      June 17, 2010 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hawk

    All colombians are not drug dealers you idiot.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  3. marcela

    First of all you ignorant person: it is spelled COLOMBIA and second we are NOT all drug dealers! In fact the percentage is much smaller than the ridiculous figures you spek of. And how dare you say this is god's will? That only proves further your ignorance.
    My prayers go to the families of those affected..

    June 17, 2010 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  4. JUAN CARLOS

    'Fish dies because of its mouth' MR HAWK: Be worried about your mouth & evident ignorance. My prayers with all the affected families too.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  5. JUAN CARLOS

    excuse me Mr Hawk, the msg is to MR LOL OK:
    'Fish dies because of its mouth' MR HAWK: Be worried about your mouth & evident ignorance MR LOL OK.

    My prayers with all the affected families too.

    June 17, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Bonk

    I would pray for everyone but jesus isn't real and doesn't care about colombian's in the first place even if he was.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  7. Oriana

    Is Incredible the ignorance of this guy.I invite you to read and learn more about other cultures.I'ts Sad.

    June 17, 2010 at 10:51 am | Report abuse |