Bodies of 2 workers found after mining accident in Estonia

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Bodies of 2 workers found after mining accident in Estonia

TALLINN, Jan. 30 (Xinhua) -- The bodies of two Estonian workers were found after an accident at an underground oil shale mine in northeastern Estonia, Estonian Public Broadcasting (ERR) reported on Friday.


The bodies were found by workers from the following shift.


Authorities found no signs of violence or a cave-in, media reports said, adding that one theory behind the accident is carbon monoxide poisoning due to problems with the ventilation.


Both deceased were in their late 30s and had worked in mines for 18 years each. The men were tasked with digging new paths underground.


The mine is the nation's largest underground oil shale rock mine. It is located in Ida-Viru County and was opened in 1972.


The incident is the second major one to hit Eesti Energia, the state-run energy giant this month. On Jan. 6, tons of ash fell on a group of workers at the company's Auvere Power Plant. Eight were injured, three seriously.


Oil shale, used to produce diesel, is the Baltic country's main natural resource for energy.