A part of the mining pit collapsed in the “Soko” brown coal mine near Sokobanja following a methane explosion. Eight miners were killed and around 20 were injured, the head of the Aleksinac medical center, Rodoljub Živadinović, told the Serbian Radio and TV Station.

He emphasized that the majority of the hurt miners mainly suffered minor injuries.

“Several surrounding medical centers sent all of their teams that they could send; a number of the injured are transported to the Aleksinac General Hospital,” added Živadinović.

He said that no information on how many miners are still trapped has emerged.

He also said that this was the shift that came from Aleksinac, so most of the miners are from that town.