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Mexico Coal Mine Explosion Kills 3

April 22, 1998

MEXICO CITY (AP) _ A miner and two teen-age workers died when a spark set off a gas explosion in a coal mine in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, the government news agency Notimex reported.

Two other miners were hurt and one man was trapped in the explosion Tuesday near Sabinas, 85 miles south of the U.S.-Mexico border at Eagle Pass, Texas, the report said.

Government investigator Jaime Castillo Ruiz said the blast apparently occurred when the miners tried to light a blowtorch about 125 feet inside the mine.

The blast killed Emilio Saucedo Castro, 42; Juan Carlos Hernandez, 17; and Pablo Hernandez Ramirez, 13. Notimex said one man, Juan Carlos Hernandez, remained trapped in the mine Tuesday.

State labor authorities were investigating the accident.

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