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Striking miners jam up traffic by blocking English bridge

Striking coal miners blocked the world's longest suspension bridge Tuesday by abandoning cars on the main span over the Humber River Estuary, causing huge traffic jams around Hull in northeast England.

Police had to close the Humber Estuary Bridge. Lines of traffic backed up for as long as 10 miles before the miners lifted the blockade.

The miners' strike began March 12 to protest the government-owned industry's plan to close money-losing mines, with the loss of some 20,000 of the industry's 183,000 jobs.

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