Tuesday 6 December 2016

Eight killed in Polish copper mine cave-in

Published 30/11/2016 | 21:11

A view of the entrance to the Rudna copper mine with a miners flag at half-staff , in Polkowice, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The mine was hit by a tremor and cave-in, killing four miners and four are missing. Photo: AP Photo
A view of the entrance to the Rudna copper mine with a miners flag at half-staff , in Polkowice, Poland, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. The mine was hit by a tremor and cave-in, killing four miners and four are missing. Photo: AP Photo

Eight workers have been killed after a cave-in at a Polish copper mine.

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The director of the mine said rescue teams have now recovered the bodies of the last three workers from the Rudna pit in the south-west town of Polkowice.

Pawel Markowski said the deaths marked the greatest tragedy for the copper mining company KGHM in 55 years.

Five other miners have been taken to hospital, but they are not thought to be in a life-threatening condition. Several other workers escaped unscathed.

The tremor occurred shortly after 9pm local time on Tuesday some 1,100 metres (3,608ft) underground.

The German Research Centre for Geosciences reported a magnitude-4.5 shallow earthquake in the region at the time of the cave-in.

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