Roof of mine shaft collapses in South Africa, killing 9 workers

JOHANNESBURG — A company says nine of its workers have died when the roof of the mine shaft they were working in collapsed and trapped them about half a mile (1 kilometer) underground in South Africa. Impala Platinum says the accident occurred Monday at 14 Shaft in Rustenburg, a platinum-rich town northwest of Johannesburg. The company said Tuesday the bodies of all the trapped miners have been recovered. South Africa is one of the world’s largest gold producers and has some of the world’s deepest mines. Illegal mining in such shafts is common, and last month 61 prospectors were found dead in one of the country’s abandoned gold mines.

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