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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Blast Blamed on Train

KIEV -- A deadly methane explosion in a Ukrainian coal mine last week was caused by a short-circuit in a locomotive engine, a government commission has announced. Two more miners died, bringing the death toll to 41.

In assigning blame to the electric engine, the investigating commission appeared to sidestep the issue of whether methane levels in the Zasiadko mine had been dangerously high.

Operations at the mine had been suspended last year because of high methane levels.

The commission chairman, First Deputy Prime Minister Vladimir Kuratchenko, said only that there had been no complaints from labor officials about conditions in the mine, and no indication of a sudden increase in methane levels just before the explosion May 24, Itar-Tass reported.