• Short Summary

    FRANCE'S WORST MINE DISASTER SINCE THE WAR OCCURRED DOWN THE AVION MINE, NEAR ARRAS, TODAY (TUESDAY).

  • Description

    1.
    GV. CROWD OUTSIDE MINE
    0.05

    2.
    SV. PEOPLE WAIT
    0.14

    3.
    SV. POLICEMAN DIRECTS TRAFFIC
    0.20

    4.
    SV. POLICEMAN SHUTS GATE AFTER CAR
    0.29

    5.
    GV. CROWD OUTSIDE GATE
    0.35

    6.
    SV. DITTO
    0.40

    7.
    SV. STRETCHER CARRIED FROM AMBULANCE
    0.52

    8.
    SV. PAN...AMBULANCE PASSES
    1.00

    9.
    GV.PAN...CROWD
    1.12



    Initials AK/S/RM/SGM AK/S/RM/JG



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: FRANCE'S WORST MINE DISASTER SINCE THE WAR OCCURRED DOWN THE AVION MINE, NEAR ARRAS, TODAY (TUESDAY). THE BODIES OF THE 21 MINERS KILLED BY A GAS EXPLOSION WERE BROUGHT TO THE SURFACE BY THEIR COLLEAGUES LATE IN THE DAY.

    THE MINERS, ALL MAINTENANCE MEN, WERE IN THE MARTHA GALLERY, 2000 FEET (115 METRES) DOWN, PREPARING THE COAL FACE FOR THE NEXT SHIFT WHEN GAS AND COAL DUST EXPLODED AT 0110 A.M. A NUMBER C. THE BODIES ARE YET TO BE IDENTIFIED -- THE INTENSE HEAT HAS MADE THEM UNRECOGNISABLE. THE 21 DEAD LEAVE BEHIND 16 WIDOWS AND 41 ORPHANS.

    AT THE PITHEAD, THE GREAT IRON GATES REMAINED CLOSED AS BLACK-FACED RESCUE WORKERS EMERGED WEARY AND SHOCKED FROM THE CHAOS BELOW.

    THE AVION MINE IS REGARDED AS ONE OF THE MOST MODERN IN THE AREA. IT IS FITTED WITH METHANE GAS DETECTORS WHICH RELAY THE PRESENCE OF POCKETS OF THE FATAL GAS TO A CONTROL PANEL AT THE SURFACE.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6INDSIVOE46GM2VI873COTJA0
    Media URN:
    VLVA6INDSIVOE46GM2VI873COTJA0
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/02/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:12:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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