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Coal mine collapse kills 7 in north China


13:29, February 20, 2012

Rescuers queue to going into the shaft of the Beiyu Coal Mine where a roof collapse accident happened in Puxian County of Linfen City, north China's Shanxi Province, Feb. 19, 2012. Four workers were killed in the coal mine roof collapse accident. The accident occurred at about 1 p.m. Sunday, trapping seven workers who were working in the shaft. Rescuers are still searching for the remaining three. (Xinhua/Feng Ting)

TAIYUAN, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Seven workers have been confirmed dead as of Monday morning after the roof of their coal mine collapsed Sunday in the northern province of Shanxi, local authorities said.

The accident occurred Sunday noon in a shaft of the Beiyu Coal Mine in Puxian county in the city of Linfen, trapping the seven who were then checking the shaft.

By 10:20 a.m. Monday, rescuers have pulled out all the trapped workers' bodies, said a statement from the city government.

Beiyu Coal Mine is a legally-run coal mine owned by Shanxi Puxian County Hongyuan Group.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.

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