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7 confirmed dead, 2 missing after minibus plunges into river in SW China

(Xinhua)

14:42, October 06, 2011

CHENGDU, Oct. 6 (Xinhua) -- Seven people were confirmed dead and two others missing after a minibus plunged into a river in southwest China's Sichuan Province, local authorities said Thursday.

The minibus, carrying nine construction workers, plunged about 70 meters off a cliff into the Yalong River in Yajiang County Monday night, the Sichuan Provincial Work Safety Administration announced in a statement.

Seven bodies have been retrieved and rescuers are still searching for the two missing people.

The workers were from a local construction company that is building a power transmission project in Yajiang, the statement said.

Local authorities are investigating the cause of the accident, it said.

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