A body of miner is carried to an ambulance in Soma, a district in Turkey's western province of Manisa, late May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Osman Orsal
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SAVASTEPE, Turkey: Miner Erdal Bicak believes he knows why so many of his colleagues died in Turkey's worst mining disaster: company negligence.The miner also said government safety inspectors never visited the lower reaches of the Soma mine and have no idea of how bad conditions get as workers trudge deeper into the ground.Public anger has surged in the wake of the Soma coal mine inferno that killed at least 299 miners.In Istanbul, police broke up a crowd who lit candles to honor the Soma victims.Bicak eventually made it out of the mine with his friend -- by then lapsing in and out of consciousness. He said he lost many friends and out of the 150 miners he was working with, only 15 made it out alive.Bicak, however, said the last inspection at the Soma mine was six months ago.
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