Miner killed in British underground coal mine collapse

 One miner has died and another was trapped following a roof collapse at one of the UK’s deepest coal mines.

The two men became trapped up to their waists in rock fall at the Kellingley Colliery, in Knottingley north Yorkshire, yesterday afternoon around 4:35pm local time, the BBC reports.

One man, in his mid 40s, died at the scene, however the surviving miner, who was trapped by the lower leg, was able to be rescued by emergency rescue services and brought to the surface by 7:30pm.

The surviving man has been identified as Martin Crowther, while the killed man’s name is yet to be released, according to The Guardian.

The accident occurred at the part of the mine known as 501 Tailgate.

This is not the first death at the mine run by UK Coal, the largest coal producer in the country.

In 2009, miner Ian Cameron died after he was crushed by equipment, and Don Cook died in another rock fall in 2008.

The employs around 800 staff, and its two main shafts are approximately 800 metres deep.

Kellingley was also forced to evacuate around 200 miners in November last year after a methane explosion underground.

It is the second fatal mining accident in a fortnight and comes on the eve of the funeral for the four men killed in the flooding at the Gleision colliery in Wales.

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