A spokesman for UK Coal, Andrew Macintosh, has told ITV News Central:
"As you can feel here, the place is empty. It's not how we wanted it to be at all. It's very sad and difficult news for our workforce and we're trying to get out and see as many of them as we can".
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A largely sunny, but cold, afternoon with the odd isolated wintry shower possible.
Becoming brighter with sunny spells but a few sleet and snow showers will develop.
One woman was taken to hospital after the incident this morning, but her injuries are not thought to be life threatening.