abc
QUICK LINKS:

Turkey Mine Owner and Government Deny Negligence

Updated: 05/16/2014 10:08 AM
Created: 05/16/2014 10:07 AM WDIO.com

SOMA, Turkey (AP) - In the aftermath of a deadly explosion and fire in a Turkish coal mine, the mining company and Turkish officials are on the defensive.

At least 284 miners were killed. The country's energy minister says 18 others remain missing -- tamping down earlier fears that more than 100 victims were still in the mine.

The disaster has set off protests and public outrage at allegedly poor safety conditions at Turkish coal mines, and what some perceived as government indifference. One banner held by workers who marched through Istanbul yesterday read, "It's not an accident, it's murder."

But the owner of the mine where the disaster occurred is defending its safety record. He says he had spent his own money improving standards at the mine. And he says he hopes to continue operations at the mine after correcting any problems found by investigators.

Senior Turkish officials, meanwhile, are denying allegations of lax government oversight. A deputy leader of the ruling party says there are no problems with inspections and supervision of mines -- and that this mine was "vigorously" inspected 11 times in the past five years.

Turkey's energy minister says anyone who's found to have been negligent about safety at the mine will be punished.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

AP Photo/Depo Photos, file

Front Page

  • New Stop Sign Gives Kids Safer Walk to Myers-Wilkins

    City officials hope a new stop sign on Ninth Street and Eighth Avenue East will make the walk to school safer for students at Myers-Wilkins Elementary. The sign was put in largely at the request of the Duluth Police Department, and school personnel and parents.

  • Driver Suffers Substantial Burns in Truck Explosion

    A truck driver suffered substantial burns after an equipment malfunction caused an explosion in his vehicle Tuesday. Duluth fire officials said the truck was carrying waste oil when a pump backfired, igniting the vapors inside. The driver's condition is unknown.

  • Leaders, Fans Celebrate Wade Stadium Renovations

    With a row of gold-painted shovels, a fresh start for an old favorite. Construction is underway at Wade Stadium in Duluth. There was a ground breaking ceremony Tuesday with city and state leaders.

  • MNsure Trying to Fix 'Life Event' Changes Backlog

    Minnesota's new health insurance exchange is struggling with a backlog of people making changes to coverage through the online marketplace.

  • Florida Man Walks Across Country Sending Positive Message

    Many people in Duluth love to get outside and exercise, but a man from Florida was in town on a walking trip across the country. Steve Fugate started his journey back in March 2013 and has been to 30 states so far. He has walked 7,000 miles with 18 states left to go.

 

Severe Thunderstorm Warning

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Beltrami; Marshall; Roseau
Expires: 9/2/2014 7:00 PM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement