China: 17 killed in coal mine accident

Seventeen people were killed and six others injured in a coal mine accident in China`s southwestern Yunnan Province.

Beijing: Seventeen people were killed and six others injured in a coal mine accident in China`s southwestern Yunan Province.

A total of 66 miners were working underground when a coal and gas blast occurred yesterday in a shaft of the Shangchang Coal Mine in Huangheni Township of Fuyuan County.

Sixteen miners were killed on the spot and one died on the way to the hospital, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

Six of the 49 miners who survived the accident were injured and sent to a local hospital.

One of them is in serious condition, the sources said, adding that the injuries are not life-threatening.

Miner Yan Hanyong recalled that he and his co-workers were working on a southern platform when he received a phone call asking them to return to the surface due to a high density of gas in the mine.

The owner and the manager of the mine have been taken into police custody for questioning, sources said.

A preliminary investigation showed that the mine was fully licensed, the report said.

PTI

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