Mine collapse in Serbia kills 8, injures 18 | CBC News

An accident in a coal mine in Serbia has killed eight miners and wounded 18 others.

The accident within the Soko coal mine, about 200 kilometres southeast of the capital Belgrade, occurred shortly after 4 a.m. Friday when a part of the mine collapsed, releasing the methane gasoline inside and trapping the miners, state RTS tv mentioned.

Serbia’s mining and vitality minister mentioned it seems the miners suffocated from an excessive amount of methane gasoline. Officers mentioned an investigation is underway to find out precisely what occurred.

“Inspectors, police and all related authorities are on the scene, doing what is important to find out the reason for this tragedy,” mentioned Mining and Power Minister Zorana Mihailovic.

MIhailovic visited the location on Friday and expressed condolences to the households of the victims, promising state assist. She denied stories of an explosion.

“Sadly, eight miners suffocated,” mentioned Mihailovic.

Sudden launch of gasoline

The Soko mine has had a number of critical accidents because it began working within the early 1900s. An accident within the mine in 1998 killed 29 miners. 

Drago Milinkovic, the Soko coal mine supervisor, mentioned preliminary data advised there was a “sudden launch of methane” gasoline into the mining space.

Rescue employees carry a physique after the mining accident. (The Related Press)

“Soko coal mine is a harmful coal mine, harmful from the side of methane,” he mentioned. “Safety measures are on the highest stage within the coal mine, however this time there was a sudden launch of methane and easily the monitoring and the gear that had been in place didn’t assist.”

Docs in close by Aleksinac, the place injured miners have been introduced, mentioned many of the accidents aren’t critical. City authorities declared a day of mourning to be held Saturday.

Close to the mine, surprised locals stood in silence. One miner who recognized himself solely by his first identify, Milan, mentioned he often labored within the in a single day shift.

“I modified shifts due to my household,” he mentioned. “It might have been me.”

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