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China says 35 killed in blast at coal mine

Of the remaining miners at the pit in Pingdingshan city in Henan province, 14 fled to safety while 44 are trapped.

September 08, 2009|Associated Press

BEIJING — Chinese officials says a blast in a coal mine has killed 35 in central Henan province and left 44 other miners trapped.

The State Administration of Work Safety said the predawn explosion today happened at a pit in Pingdingshan city.

A statement on the administration's website did not give a cause for the blast. It said 14 miners managed to flee to safety.

Ninety-three men were working underground at the time of the blast, it said.

China's mines are the world's deadliest. An average of 13 workers are killed every day, and most accidents are blamed on failures to follow safety rules, including a lack of required ventilation or fire control equipment.

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