China mining accident: 18 trapped in tunnel

China mining accident: 18 trapped in tunnel
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More than 170 rescue workers are trying to free 18 coal miners trapped in a tunnel in China’s eastern Shandong province, according to state broadcaster CCTV.

The miners were trapped after a rock burst at the Longyun Coal Mining Company in Yuncheng County at around 11 p.m. (10 a.m EST) on Saturday.

The incident destroyed part of a water drainage tunnel in the coal mine, killing two and trapping another 20 workers, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

Authorities say one miner was rescued Monday.

Rock burst accidents are often caused by fractures in rocks due to mining.

Mining accidents are not unusual in China. In 2018 there were 219 coal mining accidents in total, according to official statistics, killing 375 people.

Less than a week before the accident in Shandong, five people died in a gas explosion at a coal mine in Chongqing in the country’s southwest.