6 people killed in 2nd mining accident in Poland in a week
The accident happened at the Zofiowka coal mine in Jastrzebie-Zdroj, southern Poland. (Photo: AP)
The bodies of two missing miner was found by rescuers at the Borynia-Zofiowka mine near the southern border between Poland and the Czech Republic.
Polish authorities are still searching for four other people missing.
Results of investigations into the cause of the incident mine accident This shows that methane gas was released after an earthquake at the mine.
Meanwhile, a miner injured by a methane gas explosion on April 20 at the Pniowek mine died in hospital on April 24.
According to the operating company Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW), the death toll from last week’s crash has risen to six.
The search for the seven missing Pniowek miners has been suspended after more methane explosions occurred on April 21, injuring 10 rescuers.
In addition to the dead victims, dozens of miners were injured, many of them hospitalized with severe burns.
Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said it was a “black week” for the country’s coal industry; Victims’ families will receive state support.
Prosecutors have opened an investigation into the accident at the Borynia-Zofiowka and Morawiecki mines. The specialist will check the safety conditions and procedures at both mines.
Almost mine of Poland are located in the Southern Silesia region and many deposits have high methane content in the rock.
Five people were killed after a strong earthquake hit the Zofiowka mine in Jastrzebie-Zdroj in May 2018.
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