Iran coal mine explosion trapped dozens of miners and killed atleast two

Vastavam web: A large explosion struck a coal mine in northern Iran today, trapping dozens of miners and killing at least two, state media reported.The IRNA news agency quoted Golestan provincial emergency management department head Sadeq Ali Moghadam as saying that 40 to 50 people are believed to be trapped in the mine outside of the town of Azadshahr.Provincial spokesman Ali Yazerloo said the blast happened at 12:45 PM local time and that the provincial governor is heading to the scene.Several officials blamed the explosion on accumulated gas and said it was affecting rescue efforts.Iranian news reports said the explosion happened while workers were changing shifts.Semi-official Iranian news agencies posted pictures online from the scene, showing ambulances and emergency workers gathered at the mouth of the mine. Some images showed dazed workers, covered in coal dust, being helped by bystanders or laying on the ground as rescuers rushed past with oxygen bottles.