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Update: 18 dead, one rescued in China mine accident

05 Dec 2020, 17:18 GMT+10

An ambulance drives out of the site of a coal mine accident in Yongchuan District of Chongqing, southwest China, Dec. 5, 2020. (Xinhua/Huang Wei)

CHONGQING, Dec. 5 (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. ■

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