Investigation after miner dies

An investigation is underway after a miner died and another was injured at a colliery owned by a Doncaster-based company.

The miner died on Tuesday night in a tunnel at Kellingley colliery in North Yorkshire 800 metres underground.

At the time of going to press the dead miner had not been named by UK Coal, which operates the pit, but he is understood to be in his 40s and from North Yorkshire.

His colleague, who was rescued from waist-high debris by a specialist mine rescue team, is also said to be in his 40s, and is from West Yorkshire.

He is recovering after treatment in hospital for minor leg injuries.

UK Coal evacuated 218 workers from the mine last year after methane gas seeped into the area and ignited.

The colliery is the largest remaining deep mine in Yorkshire.