Turkish mine collapses, trapping about 20 workers

Turkish mine collapses, trapping about 20 workers
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The collapse of a coal mine in southern Turkey trapped about 20 workers on Tuesday, officials stated.

The Associated Press reports that the collapse will likely "raise more concerns about poor workplace safety standards in the country." A separate coal mine fire killed 301 people in Soma, Turkey, in May, revealing "poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in the country's mines," according to AP.

The collapse happened near Ermenek in the Karaman province, and an additional 20 workers were rescued from the mine. Gov. Murat Koca told AP that the collapse may have been due to flooding in the mine shaft. Turkey's ministers of energy and transportation will inspect the area where the collapse occurred.

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Meghan DeMaria

Meghan DeMaria is a staff writer at TheWeek.com. She has previously worked for USA Today and Marie Claire.