Three coal transporter trucks got into heavy accident and two drivers were killed in Khanbogd soum of Umnugobi province. According to the sources, two Mongolian drivers and one Chinese driver got into traffic accident and two of them were reported dead on the scene of the accident and the other driver is in hospital under very bad condition. The accident occurred yesterday which is only few days after the road has re-opened.
The two coal trucks were owned by the company of MP B.Choijilsuren and the other by “Shenhua” group. In 2010 alone 23 people were killed in 31 road accidents on the Tavan Tolgoi highway, with another three fatalities in the first quarter of 2011.
The Minister for Road, Transportation, Construction and Urban Development earlier said that no coal would be delivered from the mine until the company had built a “paved road.” However, Battulga’s remarks were criticized by some cabinet ministers as coal tax provides a large segment of government revenue.
Mongolian Mining Corp said it had improved safety conditions on the road, meeting the demands of Mongolian officials, who lifted the trucking suspension on May 14. It seems that no improvement has been done on the roads but the roads are open to transport coals. Money is better valued than the drivers’ health and safety at the moment. Mongolia Mining Corp said it aimed to finish building a paved road by August.