Nine dead in SW China construction site accident

Updated: 2008-03-27 19:19

CHENGDU  -- Nine people were killed and one was missing in a construction site accident on Thursday in China's southwest Sichuan Province.

The accident occurred at about 3 a.m. at the Shawan hydropower station construction site in Muli County, Liangshan Yi Ethnic Prefecture.

A preliminary investigation revealed all the victims, who were working in a tunnel at the time of the accident, were poisoned by a type of gas that has yet to be identified.

The victims were employed by a construction company based in Chengdu, the provincial capital.

An investigation is currently underway.

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