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Saturday May 20, 2006

5 dead in eastern Kentucky coal mine explosion

HOLMES MILL, Kentucky (AP) - An explosion in an eastern Kentucky coal mine killed five miners while one other miner was able to get out alive, state Gov. Ernie Fletcher said Saturday. 

The blast at the Darby Mine No. 1 in Harlan County occurred between midnight and 1 a.m. (0400 and 0500 GMT) while a maintenance shift was on duty, said Amy Louviere, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration. 

"We don't know the details of the cause,'' Fletcher told The Associated Press. 

The five dead miners were found by rescue workers, the governor said. The rescue teams initially found three dead workers and later found two more, he said.-AP


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