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E China coal mine collapse traps three workers

(Xinhua)

10:39, August 22, 2011

The pit where three workers are trapped inside is cordoned off in Nanyi Township of Ruichang City, east China's Jiangxi Province, Aug. 21, 2011. Three maintenance workers were trapped underground after a tunnel collapsed in a coal mine here Saturday night. (Xinhua/Wei Dongsheng)

NANCHANG, Aug. 21 (Xinhua) -- Three maintenance workers remain trapped inside a coal mine in east China's Jiangxi Province after a tunnel collapsed Saturday night, local authorities said Sunday.

The accident happened at about 7:20 p.m. at a coal mine in the township of Nanyi in Ruichang City, according to the rescue command headquarters.

The rescue effort was still under way as of 6:30 p.m. Sunday.

The coal mine was operating legally with all required credentials, according to the government of Ruichang.

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