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Miner dead at North Yorkshire Mine


6:17pm 27th September 2011
(Updated 2:14pm 28th September 2011)

The miner who died when a roof collapsed at Kellingley Colliery in North Yorkshire yesterday has been named as 49 year old Gerry Gibson.

Emergency services were called to Kellingley Colliery just before 5pm on Tuesday after part of the mine collapsed.

Specialist rescue teams worked to free the two miners who became trapped, one was taken to hospital with leg injuries. 

Gerry Gibson was described as a "highly-skilled and well-respected coalface worker".

Speaking outside the Colliery, Andrew McIntosh from UK Coal:

"All of us are devastated. Mining is a very close knit industry. Everyone's devastated. Obviously the first on the scene, his friends and colleagues, were exactly that. Friends as well as colleagues. So it's an extremely difficult time for everybody."

A joint investigation, by the Health and Safety Executive and North Yorkshire Police, into the incident will now be carried out.



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