Nine dead in Xinjiang coal mine cave-in

Nine people have been confirmed dead in a coal mine cave-in in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region on Monday, a local mining company said on Thursday.

A 60-hour rescue operation ended Thursday morning as the body of the last trapped miner was lifted to the ground, raising the death toll to nine, said the Xinjiang Tianshan Coal and Power Co. under by China Coal Energy Co., the country’s second-largest coal producer.

The shaft collapse occurred in a coal mine pit run by the Xinjiang Tianshan Coal and Power Co. in a region administered by the sixth division of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, trapping 10 workers underground.

The only survivor is being treated at hospital, and is in stable condition.

An investigation into the cause of the cave-in is under way.


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