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18 dead, one rescued in China mine accident

Xinhua
05 Dec 2020, 16:44 GMT+10

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 5, 2020 shows rescue vehicles at the coal mine accident site in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

Dec. 5, 2020 (Xinhua) -- Eighteen people have been killed and one survivor has been rescued after an accident due to excessive levels of carbon monoxide in a coal mine in southwest China, rescuers said Saturday.

The accident happened at around 5 p.m. Friday at the closed Diaoshuidong colliery in Yongchuan District, Chongqing Municipality when workers were dismantling equipment in the pit, trapping 24 workers underground. The mine was suspended and shut down two months ago.

The rescue operation is underway, while the cause of the accident is being investigated.

Rescuers work at the accident site of a coal mine in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China, Dec. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

Workers check and fix the wires at the coal mine accident site in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China, Dec. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

A rescuer gauges the density of carbon monoxide in the smog at the coal mine accident site in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China, Dec. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

A rescuer checks the density of carbon monoxide at the coal mine accident site in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China, Dec. 4, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

Aerial photo taken on Dec. 5, 2020 shows the coal mine accident site in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)■

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