A methane explosion injured 26 coal miners at the Krasnokutska mine operated by state run Donbas Antratsyt in the town of Krasny Luch in Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine, a week after accidents killed 38 workers at two other mines in that region.
Emergency Situations Ministry based in the Kiev said the blast occurred at 11:40 AM local time on August 4th 2011at a depth of f 155 meters after the miners switched on an electric cable hoist. At that moment, there were 224 people there.
5 miners received burns of moderate severity and 21 received minor burns.
Thursday's blast was the third mining accident in Ukraine in less than a week. On July 29 an explosion in a mine in the Luhansk region killed at least 26 people and injured two. Also early on Friday, 11 miners died and four were injured at a state owned mine in the neighboring Donetsk region when a piece of heavy machinery collapsed.
20 dead, 17 missing in Ukraine twin mine tragedies