September 20, 2008

Accident Traps Over 30 Coal Miners in Northeast China

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency)

Harbin, 20 September: At least 30 miners were feared to have been trapped in a coal mine accident in Hegang City, northeast China's Heilongjiang Province early Saturday morning, according to a government source.

There were no immediate words on the cause of the accident.

The accident happened at around 4 a.m. [2000 gmt 19 September] when 44 miners were working underground, said the government source.

About a dozen miners managed to escape and told rescuers that more than 30 miners might be trapped in the mine.

Originally published by Xinhua news agency, Beijing, in English 0240 20 Sep 08.

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