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3 Dead in Mining Accident, 18 Trapped  10/22 07:25

   BEIJING (AP) -- The death toll in a coal mine accident in eastern China has 
climbed to three after one of the miners who was rescued died after receiving 
medical treatment. Eighteen remain trapped underground, according to a state 
broadcaster.

   The accident happened in Shandong province late Saturday night after a rock 
burst destroyed part of a mining tunnel. The official Xinhua News Agency said 
part of a water drainage tunnel was destroyed in the burst, and that two people 
were killed by fractured rocks that fell in the tunnel.

   More than 300 people were working inside the mine at the time of the rock 
burst, and most were successfully lifted to safety.

   Rescue efforts were still underway on Monday, with 150 rescuers taking part. 


(KA)

 
 
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