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Two dead, four injured in MCL’s Garjanbahal opencast mine accident



Two persons were dead and four others injured in an accident on Tuesday at Garjanbahal opencast mine, operated by Mahanadi Coalfields Limited (MCL) in Sundergarh district of Odisha.

The accident took place at 8 AM today as a 100-Tonne dumper operating in the mine collided with an MUV carrying two Executives and four Operators, MCL said in a statement.

The company officials immediately swung into action for rescue and shifted all the injured officials and the driver of the MUV to the hospital for treatment, where two of them were declared ‘brought dead’, it added.

The injured were shifted to nearby Fortis Hospital in Raigarh for treatment.

The deceased have been identified as Jagdish Oram, Deputy Manager (Mining), a resident of Adhapara, Lakhanpur in Jharsuguda; and Umakant Patel, Operator, a resident of Balinga, Himgir in Sundergarh districts of Odisha.

Expressing profound grief over the loss of lives in the accident, MCL Chairman-cum-Managing Director said, “I am pained by this irreparable loss to families and our fraternity.  Entire company stands with the family of the victims in this hour of grief. Best of the medical facilities will be made available for speedy recovery of the injured.” 

The company has also initiated an internal inquiry to ascertain the cause of the accident.

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