Friday, September 25, 2009

Accident at Wujek mine kills many

Twelve miners have been killed due to an explosion in “Wujek-Slansk” mine in Ruda Slaska-Kochlowice.

Initially it was thought that it was caused by methane combustion but new evidence shows that it may have been a controlled explosion which went wrong.

A fire burst out around 10:15 am in the mine, which belongs to Katowice Coal Holding. There were 38 miners in the mine's danger zone. Although a number of miners were trapped inside, 29 miners were able to escape.

The District Mining Authority (OUG) in Katowice and State Mining Authority (WUG) are supervising the rescue party. (KP)