SUKHODILSKA-VOSTOCHNAYA, Ukraine, July 29 (UPI) — An explosion at a mine in eastern Ukraine killed at least 16 miners Friday, authorities said.
Another three miners were hospitalized and nine were missing, rescue workers told RIA Novosti.
The explosion struck at a depth of 3,000 feet at the Sukhodilska-Vostochnaya mine in the Luhansk region, which is run by Metinvest, Ukraine’s biggest steel producer. A reaction of methane and air is suspected as the cause.
Ukraine has been plagued by mining accidents. A 2007 explosion near Donetsk killed more than 100 miners.