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5 dead, 1 injured in S. China tunnel collapse

(Xinhua)

15:11, October 10, 2012

Photo taken with a mobile phone on Oct. 10, 2012 shows rescuers working at the accident site after an expressway tunnel collapsed at the section of Najia Township in Debao County, along the expressway between Baise City and Jingxi County in southwest China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region. Five people were dead and another injured in the accident, which occurred early Wednesday. Seven people were working within the tunnel under construction when the accident occurred. One escaped and six others were buried, according to local authority. (Xinhua/Ding Wen'gang)

NANNING, Oct. 10 (Xinhua) -- Five people were killed, one was injured and one escaped in an expressway tunnel collapse early Wednesday in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, sources with the rescue command center said.

The accident occurred around 4 a.m. at the section of Najia Township, Debao County, along the expressway between Baise City and Jingxi County, which was under construction.

A total of seven people were working within the tunnel when the accident occurred. One escaped and six others were buried, including five who died and one who was injured, said Xie Deqiang, Communist Party chief of Debao County.

The injured has been sent to a nearby hospital, according to the sources.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way.
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