Turkey Mine Death Toll Up to 274

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SOMA, Turkey (AP) - Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz says the death toll in a coal mining accident has reached 274, making it the country's worst mining disaster ever.

Tuesday's explosion in the western town of Soma tops a 1992 gas explosion that killed 263 workers near Turkey's Black Sea port of Zonguldak.


UPDATED: SOMA, Turkey (AP) - There's been a steady stream of bodies being removed from a coal mine in western Turkey, after an explosion and fire killed at least 232 workers. The fate of more than 100 miners remains unclear in one of Turkey's worst mining disasters.

Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan postponed a foreign trip and gave an updated death toll figure during a visit to the coal mine in Soma, about 155 miles south of Istanbul.

The energy minister says the deaths were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning.


SOMA, Turkey (AP) - Turkey's energy minister has raised the death toll from an explosion and fire at a coal mine in western Turkey to 166. Some 200 people are still believed trapped inside the mine.

Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said early Wednesday that 787 people were working inside at the time of the accident in the coal mine in Soma, some 250 kilometers (155 miles) south of Istanbul.

He says 80 mine workers were injured and at least four of them are in serious condition.