Pike River survivor sees loader for first time since explosion 10 years ago

A Stuff website article.

A survivor of the Pike River Mine disaster says there are nights he can’t sleep because no-one has been held accountable for what happened.

The loader being driven by Russell Smith when the mine exploded nearly 10 years ago was towed out on Tuesday night by the Pike River Recovery Agency. It was found 1563 metres up the 2.3-kilometre drift access tunnel.

Smith was a coal cutter at the Pike River underground mine and was late for work the day of the explosion. He was driving up the drift in the loader when he was nearly killed by the force of the blast.

His colleague Daniel Rockhouse rescued him out of the mine, where 29 other men died.

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