Two miners killed in Siberia accident: official

24th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Two miners died on Tuesday when a roof collapsed in a mine the coal-rich Kemerovo region in Siberia, the latest deadly accident to hit Russia's mining industry, officials said.

"A roof collapsed at the Voroshilov mine in the town of Prokopyevsk" earlier Tuesday, the regional branch of the emergencies ministry said.

"271 people were on the shift underground at that time," the statement said. "Two miners without vital signs of life have been found," it said, adding that the rest of the miners had been evacuated.

Fatal mine accidents are relatively common in Russia because of ageing infrastructure, violations of ventilation safety requirements and tampering with gas-level monitoring equipment.

Twin gas blasts at Raspadskaya pit, Russia's biggest underground coal mine, killed more than 60 people in Siberia in May.

© 2010 AFP

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