KEMEROVO, February 14 (RIA Novosti) - Two rescue
workers were killed on Saturday in an explosion at a coal mine
in southwest Siberia, an official from the Kemerovo region
A team of rescue workers descended in the Voroshilov mine
in the town of Prokopyevsk in the the Kuznetsk coal basin, or
Kuzbass, to investigate the cause of a high concentration of
carbon monoxide underground.
"The accident occurred at about 10:14 a.m. Moscow time
(07:30 GMT) on Saturday, after 172 mine workers were evacuated
from the mine following a gas leak warning," the official said.
The work at the mine has been suspended until the end of
an investigation into the accident.
The Voroshilov mine and other mines in Kuzbass have
recently underwent safety inspections following a minor methane
gas blast at the Voroshilov mine last June, when seven miners
received burns of varying degrees.