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Coal tunnel collapse

Families in a Lancashire town have been evacuated from their homes after part of a coal mine collapsed under their homes.

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'Twenty-foot drop' after coal tunnel collapse

The collapsed coal mine Credit: Dan Hewitt, ITV Granada

Houses have been evacuated after a section of coal mine collapsed in Lancashire.

Geoffrey Walls told the Lancashire Evening Telegraph: "The yard was floating. The shaft comes out of one of the neighbour’s cellars and forks over under here. We moved here 15 years ago and never knew about it.”

The Coal Authority pumped around 120-tonnes of rubble into the hole Credit: Dan Hewitt, ITV Granada

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