Mineworker killed at National Coal Mining Museum

National Coal Mining Museum
Image caption The museum will remain closed until Thursday

A man has died while working underground at the National Coal Mining Museum in Wakefield.

The museum said the mineworker was employed by contractors extending an underground roadway when it is believed he became trapped by machinery.

An investigation is under way by the Health and Safety Executive's Mines Inspectorate and West Yorkshire Police.

A statement from the former Caphouse Colliery at Overton said the museum was "very saddened" by the incident.

The museum was closed on Tuesday and will remain shut on Wednesday "as a mark of respect".

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