7 killed, 5 injured as heap of coal collapses on them at Indian mine
BHUBANESHWAR, India (AP) - At least seven villagers were killed and five others injured on Saturday when a heap of coal collapsed on them at a coal mine in eastern India, an official said.
About half a dozen villagers were feared to be trapped in the debris and rescue work was continuing, said Mr Dikken Mehra, a spokesman for the state-owned Mahanadi Coalfield Limited.
Mr Mehra said the villagers trespassed into the mine to steal coal in order to sell it, a common occurrence at mines in India.
The mine is about 650km west of Bhubaneshwar, the capital of Orissa state.