2 Miners die inside Benguet Mine Tunnel

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Itogon, Benguet: Two miners choked to death inside a mine tunnel in Gumatdang, Itogon, Benguet on Monday. Cousins Robert Binay-an Corteza and Anthony Corteza Salas were apparently trapped inside a mining tunnel at the mill site in Gumatdang from early morning until afternoon that choked them to death. Reports said the two died of gas poisoning as the tunnel “emitted gas fumes due to heavy rains.” Similar incidents of choking inside mine tunnels have been reported even during summer but authorities apparently consider the darn occurrences as simple accidents not needing immediate governmental action.

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