Russian officials have confirmed that seven workers have died in two separate accidents at Siberian coal mines.
According to the Associated Press news agency, Russia’s Investigative Committee said that in one accident on Friday (8 February), a truck carrying miners to the Raspadskaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region in central Siberia veered off the road and fell 8m (26ft) down a slope. The Investigative Committee, the nation’s top state investigative agency, said six workers were killed and 16 others were injured and hospitalised.
In another accident in the nearby Belovo region of Kemerovo, a section of a coal mine collapsed, trapping four workers. One of them died of injuries while three others have been rescued, according to the regional government.
Kemerovo Governor Sergei Tsyvilev said the accidents highlighted the need to improve safety standards at the region’s mines.
In May 2010, 66 miners died at the Raspadskaya coal mine when methane gas caused two massive explosions, leading to a collapse of the mine’s ventilation shaft, drastically reducing the flow of air into the mine.