Rescue Underway After Turkish Mine Explosion

Rescuers race to reach survivors trapped underground after 200 miners killed.
1:40 | 05/14/14

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We're going to turn to the breaking news on the mine disaster. Rescuers reached more than 200 workers trapped underground, after a fire ripped through a coal mine in Turkey during a shift change. More than 200 workers already dead. And Alex Marquardt has the latest from istanbul. Reporter: Rescuers worked through the night. But hopes are fading this morning of finding anymore survivors. As of now, we have lost 201 of our miners said the energy minister. We fear this number will rise. Are an electrical pole triggered a mine cut. Many of those trapped are 1,500 feet below the surface. Hundreds of worried relatives have gathered near the scene. All of Turkey has been on-edge, waiting for good news. Fearing the worst. As the hours have passed, the picture looked more and more grim. Officials warning, this is looking like the worst mining disaster in Turkey's history. These TV pictures from inside the mine, show rescuers working feverishly to save their friends. As one of the few miners to emerge alive is brought to the surface, cheers erupt, followed by tears. Turkish authorities say carbon monoxide poisoning killed many underground. As more oxygen is being pumped underground to save those still trapped. One miner from a nearby mine reportedly rushed to the scene to try to save his brother. But after going down into the mine, he reemerged tearfully saying there is no hope. Turkey's prime minister has announced three days of national mourning. So sad. There were so many miners than Normal in that mine because it was the shift change. All right, George.

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