Mine blast, collapse kills two in Colombia

TWO workers are dead after a gas explosion caused a cave-in at a coal mine in the southwestern Colombian province of Valle del Cauca.

Noel Dyson

The tragedy occurred on Friday, according to reports.

“It’s confirmed that the two miners died, but it has not been possible to recover [the bodies] because there is a lot of gas,” El Remanso mine chief engineer Luis Rivera told Spanish news agency Efe.

He said the first National Mining Agency team was unable to retrieve the dead, but a second team was enroute.

DGR spokeswoman Sandra Pinzon told Efe that firefighters and other emergency personnel would continue trying to retrieve the bodies.