South West Wales

Miner injured underground at Aberpergwm colliery

Aberpergwm colliery near Glynneath
Image caption Two ambulances and an air ambulance were sent to Aberpergwm colliery

A miner has been flown to hospital after being injured underground at a colliery in the Neath Valley.

The man was hurt around 09:30 GMT when setting a roof support at Aberpergwm, near Glynneath, on Friday.

After being brought to the surface he was taken by air ambulance to Swansea's Morriston Hospital with a suspected broken leg.

The company that owns the mine, Walter Energy, said it had launched an investigation into the incident.

It said no other employees were injured.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said an inspector would be visiting the site.

The Welsh Ambulance Service said the the injured man's injuries were not life-threatening.

It is the second incident at the mine this month. On 3 November, two men were taken to hospital and another treated for shock after a collapse at the site.

Aberpergwm is believed to employ about 230 people and to have coal reserves of around 6.8m tonnes.

The incident happened as Prince Charles was meeting rescuers involved in attempts to save four miners who died when a drift shaft at Gleision Colliery in the nearby Swansea Valley flooded in September.