Gas Leak Kills 18 Miners In Central China


Beijing: A gas leak has killed at least 18 people working in a coal mine in central China´s Hunan province, state media reported on Monday.

Another 37 miners were rescued and taken to a hospital for treatment following Sunday´s accident at the Jilinqiao mine in Huangfengqiao township, according to Xinhua news agency, citing local authorities.

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Investigators are testing the gas while police have detained an unspecified number of people in connection with the accident, Xinhua said.

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China is the world´s largest coal producer, and deadly accidents in mines are common.
Seventeen coal miners were killed when a lift used to move workers fell down a shaft in northeastern Heilongjiang province in March.

In December, explosions in two separate coal mines in the Inner Mongolia region and in Heilongjiang killed at least 59 people.

Thirty-three miners were killed in a colliery explosion in October in the southwestern municipality of Chongqing, and in September at least 18 were killed in a mine blast in the northwestern Ningxia region.