Workers trapped after railway tunnel collapse in north China

22:00, March 19, 2010      

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At least 10 people are trapped after a section of a railway tunnel in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region collapsed Friday, local authority said.

The accident occurred at about 2:35 p.m. Friday when workers were digging a section of a tunnel in Zhuozi County of Ulanqab City, about 150 km from Hohhot, the regional capital, and 400 km from Beijing, said an unnamed official with the autonomous regional work safety supervision administration.

The tunnel is part of a railway being built to link Jining District and Baotou City of Inner Mongolia.

Workers had excavated 300 meters of the tunnel in a mountainous area.

Rescuers teams have been despatched to the site.

Source: Xinhua
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