All 14 bodies recovered from Mexican mine blast

May 8, 2011 7:50:16 AM PDT
Rescue crews have recovered all bodies from a coal mine in northern Mexico hit by a gas explosion earlier this week, putting the total death toll at 14.

Mexican Labor Secretary Javier Lozano says the rescue phase has ended and the government will start a rigorous investigation into mine safety in Mexico.

The last body was found early Sunday and was that of a 38-year-old miner.

The blast Tuesday was so powerful it also seriously injured a teenager who was working outside the mine.

Mexican officials said it was caused by a gas buildup. The national mine workers' union said the mine's work force was not unionized and criticized the unsafe conditions in which Mexico's mines are allowed to operate.

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