13:59 17.12.2013

13 miners hospitalized after explosion at mine in Donetsk region

An accident at the Sviato-Pokrovska Mine in Donetsk region, which is under control of Coal Energy, killed four miners and 13 miners were taken to hospital, the press service of the State Emergencies Service of Ukraine reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, 11 out of 13 miners have signs of poisoning by mine gas.

At the moment of the accident 18 miners were in the shaft, and 14 of them were evacuated.

Earlier the department for the development of basic industrial sectors of Donetsk Regional Administration reported that two miners were taken to the hospital and 28 miners were working at the time of the explosion at the mine.

The press service of the Prosecutor General's Office in Donetsk region reported that a criminal case was opened under part 2 of Article 272 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (violation of safety rules during operations with heightened danger, causing the deaths of people).

"The police are investigating the case. The investigation is being overseen by the Prosecutor General in Donetsk region," the press service said.

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