It is possible for carbon dioxide(C02) to kill a person through hypercapnia. Hypercapnia is the condition when carbon dioxide build up occurs in the blood which leads to organ failure. Some people, such as firefighters, can also die because of excess carbon dioxide in their environment. The CO2 is used to displace the oxygen in a room and thus choke the fire, which could also potentially kill those in the area.
Rescue workers find 28 bodies after Turkey mine blast
Rescue workers on Thursday recovered the bodies of 28 miners trapped underground in a Turkish coal mine following a gas explosion, in one of the worst mine accidents in recent years.
Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said rescuers were still looking to find the bodies of two other miners believed to be either buried under or beyond a pile of earth and rock in the Karadon mine in the northern province of Zonguldak.
“We have found the bodies of 28 people. Efforts are continuing to try to find the two other men,” the minister told reporters.
Initial findings suggested that the miners had died from carbon dioxide poisoning, Yildiz added.
The workers were trapped at a depth of 540 metres (1,782 feet) on Monday when a powerful explosion, triggered by the build-up of methane gas, ripped through the pit, causing a massive cave-in.
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