Özgür Okumuş / Istanbul, March 10 () - A coal mine collapse in the Black Sea province of Zonguldak on March 10 has killed one miner and left two injured.
The accident took place 550 meters below ground level in a mine in Zonguldak’s Ereğli district, operated by the state Turkish Coal Institute’s (TKK) Armutçuk branch, after piles of coal collapsed during mining activities at about 4:00 a.m. on March 10.
Nevzat Candan, 38, Yaşar Özdemir, 45, and Hüseyin Demirdöver, 35, were trapped in the wreckage of the collapse.
Following a rescue effort with the help of other colleagues, Özdemir and Demirdöver were pulled from the wreckage and taken to a nearby hospital. They remain in stable condition.
However, Candan was killed and his body was discovered about two hours after the land slide.
The head of the Genel Maden İşçileri trade union’s Armutçuk branch, İsa Mutlu, said the collapse took place during coal production activities.
Hasan Candan, the father of Nevzat Candan, said he had worked in the same mine for more than 18 years and did not know how the accident took place, though he knew the mine very well.
“I know the underground very well but I do not know how it happened,” said Candan, adding that his son had just celebrated his birthday with his wife and children before the accident.