A tragic explosion in a coal mine in Sibera has caused over 50 deaths.
“The Listvyazhnaya mine exploded on Thursday after coal dust in a ventilation shaft caught fire while 287 people were in it,” The Hill reported.
“Many were able to escape and were taken to the hospital, but 51 people died, including five rescue workers who were deployed after the explosion,” according to The Hill.
“Rescue operations were suspended Thursday due to high levels of methane in the mine,” The Hill reported.
Families who lost loved ones said the mine has been known to be dangerous, and workers have complained about high methane levels.
“The wife of one of the miners killed, Boris Piyalkin, said the miners had to put out fires previously and the mine director wouldn’t check the safety despite her husband’s methane detector going off,” The Hill reported.
“What did they check? That methane had been going off the scale there for a long time. My husband had a gauge here,” she said.
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