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60 Killed in Congo Mine Shaft Collapse

Landslide causes accident amid illegal operation

(Newser) - A mine shaft collapsed Monday in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, killing at least 60 gold miners inside, officials tell Reuters today. "It was deep in the forest; there was a landslide," says a provincial mining official. The miners were working in an illegal operation, and at 327... More »

BYU Students' Bad Idea: Firebombing Mine Shaft

Molotov cocktails, fireworks, gasoline cause shaft to ignite, causing burns

(Newser) - Not a good idea: Tossing Molotov cocktails, fireworks, and "large quantities of gasoline" down a mine shaft. A group of Brigham Young University students learned that lesson the hard way Saturday, and about a dozen of them were injured in the process. The group started off tossing Molotov cocktails... More »

Questions Linger After Man Abandoned in Mine Dies

But the family of Devin Westenskow understands decision

(Newser) - When rescuers decided to abandon efforts to save Devin Westenskow after he fell into a mine shaft on Wednesday, it was “the hardest thing ever,” said his family in a statement. Even so, they understood why the decision was made. But not everyone is so understanding. "I... More »

Ten-Year-Old Spends Night in Mine Shaft With Sister's Body

Girl's ATV drove into unmarked 125-foot drop

(Newser) - A 10-year-old girl spent the night in an abandoned Arizona mine shaft with the body of her 13-year-old sister, who was killed when the ATV she was driving fell into the unmarked 125-foot shaft. Rescuers searching all night failed to find the shaft until morning because the entrance was concealed... More »

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