BEIJING (AP) - Chinese state media say nearly 100 miners are trapped underground after a gas blast ripped through a coal mine in a northern province.
The official Xinhua (shin-wah) News Agency says 96 miners were
trapped in Sunday's pre-dawn blast at a mine near the capital of
Shanxi (shahn-shee) province. It says there were 436 miners
underground at the time but that 340 of them managed to escape.
A provincial official confirms the accident, but has no details.
China's mining industry is the world's deadliest. Last year, coal mine accidents claimed about 3,200 lives in China.
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