Prospectors flee central Vietnam mine after accident kills one

By Hien Cu, Thanh Nien News

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Hundreds of workers left an illegal gold mine in a central Vietnamese forest on Wednesday night after one of them was killed and another injured in an accident, local authorities said.
The workers were digging the mine on the Su Mountain in Tra Xing Commune, Quang Ngai Province, on Wednesday night when a tree and rocks fell on them, witnesses said.
Dinh Van So, 36, was killed immediately. Another worker who was not identified broke his leg.
Their colleagues then removed tents and left the site, carrying the victims with them.
Local police officers have seized many gold mining tools from the site on Thursday and warned the illegal prospectors not to return for their own safety, especially amid the monsoon season.
Dinh Van Thuong, chief police officer of Tra Xing Commune, told Tien Phong newspaper that the miners, reportedly of H're and Cadong ethnic group, held strong belief that bad luck follows someone's death, and therefore left the site immediately after the accident.
They had been drawn to the area early this week by rumors of other illegal miners hitting it big there.

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