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Miner killed after roof fall at colliery in North Yorkshire

It’s the second fatal mining accident to hit the UK’s mining industry this month.

Members of the public outside the Kellingley Colliery in Knottingley this evening.
Members of the public outside the Kellingley Colliery in Knottingley this evening.
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A MINE WORKER has been killed following an accident at a colliery in North Yorkshire this evening in what is the second fatal incident to hit the UK’s mining industry in the past fortnight.

BBC News reports that two men became trapped after a roof fell in at the the Kellingley Colliery, close to Knottingley just before 5pm this evening. One of the miners was rescued however the other has died.

The mine is managed by UK Coal and is one of the country’s deepest remaining mines with two shafts that are 800 metres deep. The company employs about 600 staff at the mine.

The incident forced local MP Yvette Cooper to cut short her appearance at the Labour Party conference in Liverpool where The Telegraph reports she was fighting back tears as she informed delegates at a fringe meeting of the accident, apologising for her early departure.

Earlier this month, four men were killed after an accident at a colliery in the Swansea Valley in Wales.

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