Four killed in Turkey coal mine accidents
Four mineworkers were killed in accidents at two underground coal mines in Turkey on Friday, an industry official said, AFP reported. In the deadliest incident, three men were killed in a methane gas blast at a privately-owned mine in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak, an official from the Turkish Hard Coal Enterprises (TTK) told AFP. An initial police investigation found that the mine was operating illegally, the Hurriyet newspaper reported on its website. Another worker was killed in a state-run mine in the same province when he and a colleague fell off the mine cars they were operating at a depth of 260 metres (almost 900 feet). Explosions and cave-ins are not uncommon in Turkey’s coal belt in Zonguldak, particularly in privately-run mines where respect for safety regulations is often lacking. The worst accident occurred in 1992 when 263 workers were killed in a gas explosion in a Zonguldak mine.