ANKARA, Turkey (AP) - A coal mine in southern Turkey collapsed on Tuesday, trapping about 20 workers inside, an official said, in an accident likely to raise more concerns about poor workplace safety standards in the country.
Gov. Murat Koca said the tragedy occurred near the town of Ermenek, in Karaman province, and that about 20 other workers were quickly rescued from the mine.
Koca said flooding inside the mine shaft might have caused the collapse. Turkey's ministers for energy and transportation immediately left Ankara, the capital, for the area to inspect the rescue operation.
Karaman is about 500 kilometers (310 miles) south of Ankara, close to Turkey's Mediterranean coast.
In May, a fire inside a coal mine in Soma, western Turkey, killed 301 people. Turkey's worst mining disaster, it exposed poor safety standards and superficial government inspections in the country's mines.
Concern also has been expressed about the safety standards in construction and at shipyards in Turkey.