Status: 04/20/2022 12:36 p.m
Four miners died in an explosion at a hard coal mine in southern Poland. Other injured are still in mortal danger. Rescuers continue to search for seven missing people.
Four miners were killed in a gas explosion in a hard coal mine south of Katowice. Three of them died underground, the fourth succumbed to his injuries in hospital.
According to the mining company Jastrzebska Spolka Weglowa (JSW), methane gas exploded shortly after midnight at a depth of 1000 meters in the Pniowek mine. A total of 42 miners are said to have been in the area at the time.
Some are still in mortal danger
Most of them are injured and have been taken to a hospital for treatment. According to the doctors, most of the injured suffered burns, some are still in mortal danger. The families of the victims received psychological support.
According to JSW, the rescue teams had to temporarily suspend their work due to a fire. Apparently, another explosion occurred while searching for the three missing miners. Contact with seven rescuers was lost, according to the crisis team.
Rescue teams still on duty
13 rescue teams are currently looking for the missing. The local fire brigade said rescue helicopters were also in action.
Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki announced that he would visit the scene of the accident. He wanted to get an idea of the situation on site. His thoughts and prayers are with the families of the workers.