Explosion in tunnel near Levoča claims one life

A 39-year-old man died and another five people were injured in an explosion that occurred on August 12 in the Šibenik tunnel near Spišský Hrhov in eastern Slovakia. The District Mining Authority in Spišská Nová Ves is already investigating the accident, the TASR newswire reported.

A 39-year-old man died and another five people were injured in an explosion that occurred on August 12 in the Šibenik tunnel near Spišský Hrhov in eastern Slovakia. The District Mining Authority in Spišská Nová Ves is already investigating the accident, the TASR newswire reported.

The explosion was reported shortly after half past four in the morning, the Sme.sk website wrote. The police said that the men, who were working on a tunnel that is to be part of the Jánovce – Jablonov section of the cross-country D1 highway, were in the process of overseeing a planned explosion, during which another blast occurred, which caused the soil in the area to slide, said the spokesperson for the police corps headquarters in Prešov, Daniel Džobanik.

Two injured workers were transported to a hospital in Poprad where they were placed in the traumatology ward. One of them might undergo surgery, spokesperson for the hospital Sylvia Galajda told TASR.

The other three injured workers were transported to hospitals in Levoča and Spišská Nová Ves. One of the workers transported to Levoča has already been released, while another remains hospitalised, although the hospital has not specified his condition.

One seriously injured worker was hospitalised in Spišská Nová Ves, but later had to be transported to the University Hospital of Louis Pasteur in Košice. His serious condition will require surgery, the SITA newswire reported.

Construction work on the section of the cross-country D1 highway, including the 540-metre-long tunnel, started in June 2012, and is expected to be completed by July 2015, Sme.sk wrote.

Source: TASR, Sme.sk, SITA

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