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At least 3 killed in mine collapse in central Mexican state

August 3, 2018

In this photo provided by the government of Mexico's Hidalgo state, people walk over a collapsed section of a marble mine in Dengantzha in the Francisco I. Madero township of Hidalgo, Mexico, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. A portion of a mine collapsed in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo Thursday, causing three confirmed deaths and leaving two miners missing as of late Thursday, state officials said. (Government of Hidalgo state via AP)

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Part of a marble mine collapsed Thursday in the central Mexican state of Hidalgo, killing at least three people, state officials said.

Hidalgo’s government said in a statement posted on its Facebook page that the collapse occurred in a locality known as Dengantzha in the Francisco I. Madero township. It said the state prosecutor’s office confirmed that one body had been recovered and the search continued for four miners believed to be trapped under rock.

The missing people were inside a vehicle that was traveling on one of the mine’s roads when the collapse occurred, the statement said.

Late Thursday night, Gov. Omar Fayad said via Twitter that two more bodies had been found, bringing the total to three. He said the state was offering to support the affected families.

Images from the scene appeared to show a collapsed section of an open-pit mine with rescuers and civilians climbing among car-size boulders.

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