Five killed in Colombian gold mine collapse
Pregnant woman one of victims
Ayinde O. Chase
San Antonio de Suarez, Colombia
June 15, 2011 11:13 am EDT
Disaster And Accident, Industrial Accident, Economy, Business And Finance, Metal And Mineral
Five miners perished on Tuesday during a collapse inside a gold mine in Colombia. According to regional officials, the incident occurred in the southwestern Colombian province of Cauca.
The accident in the village of San Antonio de Suarez killed four men and a pregnant woman. All were working in the mine at the time.
District Administration Director Angel Sigfrido Riascos, in an RCN radio report, said that the victims were buried inside the mine by a landslide.
“This was an unfortunate situation, and the first time it has happened here,” Riascos said.
Colombian mining accidents have killed nearly 500 people since 2004. The largest happened a year ago when 73 people were killed in a coal mine explosion in Amaga, in the northwestern Colombian province of Antioquia.
A methane gas explosion killed nine workers at another mine in Antioquia province in August 2009.
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