Gas Blast Kills 74 in Northern China Coal Mine

GUJIAO, China (AP) - China's official news agency says all the miners who had been trapped in a deadly coal mine explosion have been found. It's not clear if all the bodies have been recovered.

The gas explosion inside the mine in northern China killed at least 74 people.

Survivors described how they tried to flee along tunnels to escape choking carbon monoxide, but were overcome by the fumes.

Rescuers wearing headlamps and oxygen backpacks carried dozen
of miners to safety.

The Xinhua (shin-wah) News Agency says 436 miners were in the mine when the pre-dawn blast occurred.

In addition to the 74 dead miners, 114 were hospitalized, including six in critical condition, making it China's deadliest mine disaster in more than a year.

Xinhua says it was one of the best facilities of any mine in China and that no major accidents had occurred there in five years.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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