20 killed in China coal mine accident

Last Updated: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 16:16

Beijing: Twenty people were killed and 14 others injured when two carriages packed with workers of a coal mine in northwest China`s Gansu province crashed Tuesday, the latest mishap to hit the country`s accident-prone sector.

A steel cable pulling the locomotive that carried 34 miners in two carriages snapped in a pit in Baiyin city near Lanzhou in the wee hours tuesday, the provincial administration of work safety said.

The two carriages slipped and overturned, sending all the workers aboard down into the pit, state-run news agency reported.

Rescuers had retrieved bodies of 20 miners, while most of the 14 survivors were in hospital.

Company sources said the cable that snapped was replaced on July 29, but an initial investigation suggested the carriages were overloaded.

Company sources said the cable that snapped was replaced on July 29, but an initial investigation suggested the carriages were overloaded.

The coal mine, run by Qusheng Coal Mining Co., was operating illegally, as it was one of the 55 mines ordered by safety authorities to halt production for an industrial reshuffle, the News Agencies said.

In the wake of the accident, the provincial government of Gansu has demanded a temporary shutdown of all mines with annual output below 300,000 tonnes for a safety overhaul, it said.

Accidents are common in mines in China because safety is often neglected by owners eyeing quick profits.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, September 25, 2012 - 12:38

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