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Death toll rises to 4 in central China coal mine accident, 57 still trapped


10:26, November 04, 2011

Rescuers work at Qianqiu Coal Mine of Yima Coal Group, where a rock burst occurred, in Sanmenxia City, central China's Henan Province, Nov. 4, 2011. Four people were confirmed dead and 57 others trapped underground in the accident, which happened on Thursday evening in the coal mine, a major state-owned coal enterprise in Henan. Rescue is continuing. (Xinhua/Zhu Xiang)

SANMENXIA, Henan, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Four people were confirmed dead and 57 others trapped underground after a rock burst occurred in a coal mine in central China's Henan Province Thursday evening, local work safety authorities said early Friday morning.

The accident happened around 7:45 p.m. in Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia, the Henan Administration of Work Safety said in a statement.

A total of 75 miners were working in the shaft at the time of the accident, of whom 14 managed to escape, the administration said.

Four people were confirmed dead and 57 others remain stranded as of early Friday morning, the rescue headquarters said, adding that the stranded miners still have chances of survival.

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