Tragic cave-in at Turkish coal corporation mine claims life

Tragic cave-in at Turkish coal corporation mine claims life
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Rescue operations conclude; that one dead and several were injured in the Zonguldak district

A devastating cave-in occurred at the Armutcuk Works of the Turkish Coal Corporation (TTK) in the Eregli district of Zonguldak. Tragically, out of the four miners trapped, one lost his life, while three others were rescued with injuries.

Upon the incident, a rapid response was started. AFAD stated, “Following the report of trapped workers, teams from AFAD, Police, Gendarmerie, 112 health, fire brigade, and TTK were immediately dispatched to the scene.” Contrasting information emerged on social media, with the Independent Mineworkers Union showing that up to 11 workers were trapped beneath the debris.

Zonguldak Governor Osman Hacibektasoglu, in a conversation with TRT Haber, revealed, “Of the 280 people inside the mine, four were directly affected by the cave-in. Teams comprising 75 members have begun the intervention after audible signs of life were detected from two individuals.”

The Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources confirmed one worker died and three miners were rescued. Health Minister Fahrettin Koca updated the injury count, stating six miners were hurt in the disaster.

Upon completing the rescue operation, Governor Hacibektasoglu confirmed, “The rescue mission is over. Teams are now safely exiting the mine. The incident appears to be a ceiling collapse in a confined space.”

In the aftermath of this tragic event, CHP (Republican People’s Party) leader Kemal Kilicdaroglu took to his social media account to express his condolences for the deceased miner.