Thirty workers are trapped in mine explosion in Germany

Nearly 30 Trapped After Explosion In Mine In Germany

Around 35 trapped in east German potash mine, reports website

More than 30 people have been rescued after being trapped underground by a mine explosion which injured two people in Germany today.

The persons are trapped in a secured area of the mine in the town of Teutschenthal, the report said. The safety room is reportedly 700 meters (2,300 feet) underground. A large number of rescue workers, as well as the local fire brigade, showed up to the scene. The injured people were a Polish national and a German national.

One victim was seriously injured, the other slightly injured, said a police spokeswoman in Halle (Saale), near where the incident occurred in the Saalekreis district. Mineral waste is now saved there.

Authorities are now examining the cause of the explosion and assessing the damage it may have caused.

Since the beginning of 2008, the Teutschenthal mine has been a subsidiary of the Geiger Group.

The personnel who were underground had taken refuge in a safe sector of the mine in Teutschenthal, about 150 km (95 miles) southwest of Berlin, and been supplied with oxygen.

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