Turkey mining disaster victim 'tried to hang himself' rather than being burnt alive
A miner in the Turkish pit tragedy told how a colleague tried to kill himself rather than be burnt alive in the inferno.
Hasan Ozdil also revealed other stranded workers bashed their heads against walls in frustration knowing they faced certain death after the explosion.
He spoke as unions claim the death toll, which yesterday stood at around 284 with 18 people still missing, could reach up to 500.
Distraught Hasan said: “I saw a worker with a belt around his neck as he tried to commit suicide. There was gas so I withdrew.
"I was told some of the workers had hit their heads against the walls.
“Their masks were not working. I have carried this mask for three years but still don’t know what good it does.“The masks have to be inspected every six months, but no one inspects.“
The blast at the mine near Soma sparked violent protests against alleged poor safety and corruption by officials.