facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

Inquiry ends in 2007 Russian mine blast

Feb. 13, 2013 at 9:49 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Russian investigators said Wednesday they have handed off to prosecutors the results of a six-year inquiry into one of the country's worst coal mine accidents.

An explosion at the Ulyanovskaya coal mine in western Siberia March 19, 2007, killed 110 people, RIA Novosti reported.

Investigators have determined methane explosion, one of the biggest coal accidents in Russia in 80 years, was caused by violations of safety rules.

The mine director and five other mine employees have been charged with breaches of safety rules that led to multiple deaths. Three state officials face negligence charges,

The charges carry prison terms of seven years.

Charges against 19 engineers were dropped because of the statute of limitations.

On Monday, 18 miners died from carbon monoxide poisoning and injuries after a methane blast at the Vorkutinskaya mine in the Komi republic.

© 2013 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses Amnesty International: Ferguson police commited human rights abuses
2
Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama Nurse Nina Pham declared free of Ebola, meets President Obama
3
Russian currency crashes Russian currency crashes
4
U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State U.S. airstrikes succeeding in cutting oil financing for Islamic State
5
Navy tests MQ-8C unmanned helos Navy tests MQ-8C unmanned helos
Trending News
Around the Web
x
Feedback