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Hondurans crushed by coffee sacks
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Six workers in Honduras were crushed to death by sacks of coffee beans unleashed when a wall in a warehouse gave way, rescue officials said.

The men were young seasonal workers at a coffee farm in Villanueva in the north of the Central American nation.

Officials said the wall collapse caused an overhead storeroom to come down, burying the men under around 10 tons of coffee beans.

Dozens of rescuers searched the site as relatives gathered for news.

"We've recovered five of the bodies, and there's one left," rescue worker Francisco Alvarenga told Reuters news agency.

Other workers were reported injured in the collapse.

One man, Cristian Nahun Hernandez, said he was inside when someone shouted that the wall was collapsing.

"I missed being crushed to death by a miracle," the Associated Press news agency quoted him as saying. "I ran, and I saved myself."

Honduras is Central America's second largest coffee exporter and the harvest season is currently under way.

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