A coal mine accident in northern China has killed 19 miners, Chinese state media reported. The accident happened on Wednesday night on an underground platform in a mine in Shuozhou city in Shanxi province, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Its brief report cited the Shanxi Datong Coal Mine Group, which runs the mine. Al Jazeera's Florence Looi, reporting from Beijing, said that there were 129 workers in the mine when the accident happened, and 110 managed to make it to safety. "The cause of the accident is still not known.
At least 19 people died in a coal mine accident in northern China's coal belt of Shanxi, state media reported Thursday. The accident happened late Wednesday night at a mine owned by the Shanxi Datong Coal Mine Group. According to reports, 129 people were working in the mine, and 110 managed to escape. The official Xinhua news agency said preliminary investigations have found that a large portion of the roof collapsed, and kicked up a dust storm within the cavern. A senior manager was quoted by AFP last year saying that the company's bosses were ramping up production to counter a drop in coal prices.
A passenger coach crashed into the wall of an expressway tunnel in China's northwest, killing at least 36 people and injuring 13 others, official media reported on Friday. The injured were sent to the hospital and rescue efforts were ongoing. The accident occurred in Shaanxi province late on Thursday as the coach was on its way along the Xi'an-Hanzhong expressway to Luoyang, a city in central China, from Chengdu, the capital of the southwestern province of Sichuan, the Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the provincial police bureau. More details were not immediately available, and it wasn't clear if the coach was the only vehicle involved. Minister of Public Security Guo Shengkun ordered a swift investigation into the accident, according to state broadcaster China Central Television.
BEIJING (Reuters) - An explosion in northern China's Shanxi province on Saturday evening killed at least nine and injured six, state news agency Xinhua reported. The blast occurred in a residential building and was believed to have been caused by illegally stored explosives, Xinhua said. A number of buildings collapsed and search and rescue work continued on Sunday afternoon, said state broadcaster CCTV. China has a poor record of industrial explosive accidents in residential areas. In October, 14 people were killed in neighboring Shaanxi province when a blast caused by illegally stored explosives destroyed a block of prefabricated houses.
A gas leak has killed at least 18 people working in a coal mine in central China, including the manager and others who attempted to save those trapped in the fumes, state media reported on Monday. Another 37 miners were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment following Sunday's accident at the Jilinqiao mine in Hunan province, according to Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities. Investigators are testing the gas while police have detained an unspecified number of people in connection with the accident, Xinhua said. Cai Yongheng, rescue team director, said rescuers had to carry oxygen tanks during the search for survivors. A miner who declined to be named said after the mine manager was informed of the gas leak, he asked workers to enter to save their colleagues.