One Dead in Colombia Mine Accident

BOGOTA – One miner died and another three were injured in a coal-mine accident in the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia, where 73 workers perished in an explosion six months ago, authorities said Tuesday.

The accident occurred Monday, when one of the wagons used to extract coal from the mine in the town of Amaga went off the rails and smashed into the workers, causing the death of Herney Alberto Zapata, 34, Mayor Auxilio del Socorro Zapata told reporters.

The victim and his injured fellow workers were doing maintenance work in the mine, where operations have been shut down since the deadly blast in June.

According to the regional daily El Colombiano, the victim had survived the accident in June because he had switched his shift with a fellow miner and was not working at the time of the explosion, which buried more than 160 workers in a mineshaft, of whom 90 managed to escape and 73 died.


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