China coal mine blast claims lives of 15

Published: November 19, 2019 11:49:24 | Updated: November 20, 2019 17:08:58

Rescue staff work at the coal mine where a gas explosion happened in Pingyao County, north China's Shanxi Province on Tuesday — Xinhua photo

Fifteen people were killed and nine others injured in a coal mine gas explosion in north China's Shanxi Province, local authorities said Tuesday.

Investigation showed that 35 miners were working underground at the coal mine in Pingyao County, when the blast happened at around 1:50pm on Monday, according to the Shanxi Administration of Coal Mine Safety. Eleven miners managed to escape, reports Xinhua.

Further investigation is underway.

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