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Two illegal miners have met their untimely death while others have sustained injuries after a hill close to their mining site collapsed on them at Wassa Amenfi in the Western Region Monday afternoon.

According to eyewitnesses, the victims were under the rubble for three hours before an excavator was brought to the site to evacuate the debris in order to rescue them.

The Assembly member for the area, Patrick Opoku in an interview with Starr News said there were about forty people working in the pit before it collapsed.

”When they heard that the pit was about to collapse, all of them run away but Bismarck and that lady could not run and the pit collapsed on them. When you look at the pit, you realise that they saw the sign of an imminent collapse so they informed those down in the pit. Charlie the pit is collapsing so rush out of it, so all of them starting running for their lives but as Bismarck and Abena attempted running, the bulk load at the top fell on them and buried them.”

The bodies of the two deceased persons have been deposited at the Wassa Akropong Government Hospital mortuary, while the injured are receiving treatment.

Police have commenced investigation into the incident.