7 found alive after Henan coal mine accident

Updated: 2011-11-04 11:30


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SANMENXIA, Henan - Seven injured miners were found alive in a coal mine in central China's Henan province after a rock burst Thursday killed four and trapped another 57, local rescue headquarters said Friday.

Six of them had sustained minor injuries, and the other one had been seriously injured when rescuers found them Friday morning. Rescuers are working to get them out, said the rescue headquarters.

The accident happened at around 7:45 pm in the Qianqiu Coal Mine in the city of Sanmenxia, the Henan Administration of Work Safety said in a statement.

A total of 75 miners were working in the shaft at the time of the accident, of whom 14 managed to escape, the administration said.