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At least 6 killed in mine collapse in eastern India

  • In this photo made from video, people watch an excavator dig into a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in the Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)

    In this photo made from video, people watch an excavator dig into a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in the Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo made from video, people watch survey the damage of a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in the Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)

    In this photo made from video, people watch survey the damage of a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in the Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this photo made from video, people watch an excavator dig into a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in th Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could still have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)

    In this photo made from video, people watch an excavator dig into a collapsed mine, Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, in th Godda district, in eastern India. The coal mine collapsed late Thursday and could still have over a dozen miners trapped inside. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

An official says at least six workers have been killed and many others remain trapped in a coal mine in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand.

S.K. Singh, the general manager of the Rajmahal Open Cast Mines, said Friday that the mine collapse took place late Thursday and that heavy smog prevented rescue workers from entering the mine until early Friday morning.

Indian media reports say that as many as 40 workers could be trapped in the mine but Singh said that only 10 mining vehicles entered the mine and company safety rules call for only for one worker per vehicle.