Three people died and two were wounded after a blasting operation at an illegal gold mine in Colombia’s Antioquia department went wrong, according to the Antioquia department’s Administrative Office of Risk Management.
The accident happened on Saturday at the El Avance de Diómedes mine in northwestern Colombia, about half an hour from Buriticá.
The miners, whose ages ranged from 18 to 37, inhaled poisonous gases and died, according to the Office of Risk Management. The survivors were taken to the hospital and are now on their way home. There were no other people trapped beneath the debris.
According to local authorities, 38 people were found illegally mining gold at the same mine a few days ago but were not charged, so they returned over the weekend.