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4 miners killed in Nicaragua tunnel collapse

November 25, 2014

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Four gold miners died in the collapse of a closed mine tunnel that was still being worked by local people in the western part of this Central American country, authorities said Tuesday.

Villanueva Mayor Juan Fernando Gomez told local media the accident occurred Monday night as miners were preparing to leave the tunnels during a heavy downpour.

The four were part of a group of 15 working the site about 115 miles west of Managua. The others made it out safely. Searchers were able to recover the bodies of all four dead miners.

Col. Vladimir Martinez of the civil defense command said local miners knew the risks but had continued entering the mine.

In August, a collapse at another mine killed seven people near Nicaragua’s Caribbean coast.

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