4 dead, 1 injured in Xinjiang coal mine gas blast

URUMQI – Four people were killed and another was seriously injured on Thursday in a gas explosion that occurred in a coal mine in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

The accident took place at 10:50 am in a mineshaft in the Xinyuan Coal Mine, which is located in Barkol county. Twelve workers were in the mineshaft when the explosion occurred, according to a spokesman from the region’s coal safety supervision bureau.

Rescuers managed to pull seven of the workers out of the shaft, with one injured worker sent to a local hospital for treatment.

The Xinyuan Coal Mine was built in 1997 and has an annual coal production volume of 90,000 tonnes.

The cause of the explosion is under investigation.



About this entry