12 dead, 32 trapped in latest China mine disaster

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

BEIJING (AP) - It's the second major mine disaster this week in China.

State media say a gas explosion at a mine in central China has killed 12 workers and trapped 32 others underground.

The official news agency quotes a regional official as saying 50 miners were able to escape after the blast, which was caused by an underground gas leak. He also says it's possible that the trapped miners survived the explosions.

Dozens of rescue workers are trying to reach the trapped miners.

The news agency says the mine boss has disappeared, and authorities have ordered his assets frozen.

News of the explosion came as rescue work continued at a mine in northern China. Four days ago, 153 workers were trapped underground when water flooded the shaft where they were working. There's been no contact with them, but authorities are holding out hope that some could be alive.

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