Three killed in Polish coal mine explosion
20 October 2014
Mining officials said on October 18 that two miners had died from the burns suffered in the Polish coal mine methane blast on October 6, and the missing body of a third miner had been recovered. The incident occurred 660 meters below the surface at the Myslowice-Wesola mine near the southern Polish city of Katowice.
Almost 30 miners were taken to hospital with burns after the event and some 20 remain there two weeks later, two with life-threatening conditions.
According to Polskie Radio/The News, between 1990 and 2013 there were 42 methane fires or explosions in Polish coal mines with 88 miners killed and 117 gravely injured. The worst single methane-related disaster occurred in November 2006 at the Halemba coal mine in Ruda Slaska, when 26 workers were killed.