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Update: One miner dead, one injured at Lupeni coal mine as tunnel collapses

Two miners have been victims of a gallery collapse in Lupeni coal mine Wednesday morning, at about 8.00h.

One of the men was brought dead from underground, State Secretary with Interior Ministry, Raed Arafat, has told Antena3 TV private broadcaster. Despite resuscitation manoeuvres, the doctors confirmed the miner’s demise.

“Yes, unfortunately he has died, the person who was in serious condition. The other one is outside, out of any danger,” Raed Arafat said.

“The 42-year-old miner was declared dead by the forensic doctor present at the site,” said Anemona Doda, spokeswoman for the Hunedoara Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU).

He was married and had a 14-year old daughter.

The first miner, 33-year-old, has been taken out by the rescuers to the surface mines. He is conscious, cooperative and came out of the mine on his own feet. The medical crews are evaluating him right now, the Emergency Situations Inspectorate (ISU) said.

Energy Minister, Anton Anton, has decided to urgently send the control body to the Hunedoara Energy Complex, Lupeni mine, to check the circumstances in which the accident occurred, ziare.com reports.

“The decision was made by the sitting convened by Minister Anton Anton immediately after the accident at the Lupeni mine, in which two miners guiding the underground pressure were caught. One of them was taken out of the perimeter being conscious and with stable vital signs, being brought to the surface to be taken over by the SMURD teams. The other miner was subject to first-aid medical procedures,” the ministry informed earlier.

According to the quoted source, labour inspectors from the Hunedoara Territorial Labour Inspectorate have also arrived at the Lupeni mine.

The accident occurred at about 3 km from the mine’s entrance.

The SMURD helicopter in Arad is under alert in case of emergency.

Lupeni mine is part of the Hunedoara Energy Complex, hotnews.ro informs.

 

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