6 Aug 2020

Pike survivor Russell Smith says loader saved his life

From Checkpoint, 5:30 pm on 6 August 2020

A survivor of the Pike River mine explosion says the loader pulled out of the tunnel this week, helped save his life.

Today, Russell Smith got to have a close up look at the vehicle he was driving that fateful day - the first time he's seen it since the mine exploded, sending fragments of rock hurtling towards him.

Conan Young travelled to Pike River and filed this report.