At Least 274 Miners Dead in Turkey; Hundreds More Missing

Electrical failure caused an explosion that sparked a fire during a shift change with almost 800 men underground.
1:38 | 05/14/14

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News overseas in Turkey where grief and fury are combined tonight at least 274. Miners have died and hundreds more are missing. ABC's Alex Marquardt is there to take us inside a desperate search for any survivors beneath the earth. -- anguished faces of the families and friends of the miners. Pressed up against a chain link fence yearning for a glimmer of hope. In the crowd thirty year old -- yes directly told us he has several friends in the -- below those whose zone but said he still hasn't lost hope they'll be found alive. Cameras below the surface show rescuers slowly making their way in the search. As tonight we learn more about how this tragedy happened. There were almost 800 men underground more than usual because of a shift change many of them almost 14100 feet deep. When an electrical failure cause an explosion sparked a fire. Most died from carbon monoxide poisoning others unable to escape in the minds elevators as the gas spread. Tonight -- more than 270. Dead is now the world's worst mining disaster in nearly forty years. Violent protests erupted today against the mining company and the government. The White House tonight is offering assistance to Turkey -- no survivors being pulled to safety since this morning the outlook is looking increasingly bleak. Dozens of miners whose -- are still unknown. -- tragic story thank you so much Alex Marquardt.

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