3 killed in Benguet mine cave-in

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 31 2010 03:38 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2010 11:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines - Three miners were killed in a mining accident in Luneta village, Itogon, Benguet Tuesday night, officials said.

John Latungan, vice-president of Luneta Miners Association, identified two of the fatalities as Rudy Petra Corta Gilles, 40; and Edgar Sucalo, 36. The name of the third miner has been withheld until his immediate family has been notified.

He said at least 20 miners were working in the mine in groups starting at 7 p.m. Tuesday. He said only 6 miners were at the bottom of the 80-foot mine when it caved in before midnight.

Three of the miners were rescued while the rest died.