Miner seriously injured in coal-mining accident

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A man fighting for his life following an accident at a South Yorkshire coal-mining pit is believed to be from Mansfield Woodhouse.

The 50-year-old is said to be in a critical condition and has undergone major surgery on his abdomen following the accident at Hatfield Colliery.

Although unconfirmed, he has been named locally as Richard Hodgkinson, and it is understood that he was hit by a blast from a high-pressure hose during the day shift at the main gate section of the colliery’s HO6’s coal face.

The Mines Inspectorate yesterday launched an investigation into the incident.