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Russian Coal Mine Accident Kills 36, Including 5 Rescuers

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Five rescue workers and a miner were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the mine in Vorkuta.

The Russian emergency services say the dead include five rescue workers and a mine worker who were killed when the third explosion rocked the Vorkutaugol mine in Russia's far north Komi region early Sunday. (AP Photo/Ministry of Emergency Situations press service via AP)

MOSCOW (AP) — A total of 36 people were killed at a coal mine in Russia's far north where a methane gas leak triggered three explosions that resulted in a raging fire and the collapse of the mine, officials said Sunday.

The dead include five rescue workers and a miner who were killed early Sunday when the third explosion rocked the mine in Vorkuta, a town north of the Arctic Circle in the Komi region, the emergency services said.

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