Six miners were killed and twenty-five taken to hospital after an outburst of methane gas at Cynheidre Colliery, near Llanelli in South Wales on Tuesday.
GV Police controlling traffic outside Cynheidre colliery & sign
GV Ambulance into colliery
SV Police inside colliery
GV Ambulances parked PAN to another ambulance
SV Dr's car arriving
MV & SV Body carried into ambulance (2 shots)
GV Miners watching
SV & MV PAN door of ambulance closed & ambulance away
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Background: Six miners were killed and twenty-five taken to hospital after an outburst of methane gas at Cynheidre Colliery, near Llanelli in South Wales on Tuesday.
The men who died were suffocated when the pocket of gas burst through a rock fault into the underground road where they were working.
The colliery, built by Germany mining teams and running beneath a picturesque Welsh valley, is owned by Britain's National Coal Board. The Board said many more miners could have died but for the prompt action of rescue teams who carried respirators into the mine.
This was the third tragedy in recent years at the mine. Two members of a German mining team feel to their deaths when sinking shafts during construction work in 1955, and in June 1969 two miners were killed and another seriously injured in a roof fall.