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China railway tunnel blast kills 12

03 May 2017

All of the 12 people trapped in a railway tunnel blast in southwest China's Guizhou Province were confirmed dead after a 14-hour rescue in the gas-filled tunnel failed to find them, Xinhua said in a report dated May 2. An investigation is still underway but initial reports say a methane explosion is suspected as the Qishanyan Tunnel under construction is designed to pass through a coal seam.

Recue workers exiting the tunnel - Image: CCTV13
Recue workers exiting the tunnel - Image: CCTV13

More than 2,000 rescuers and medical workers braved high carbon monoxide density and dust to search for the trapped workers after the blast ripped through the railway tunnel under construction in Dafang County, leaving 12 people  trapped and 12 others injured.

The 12 injured are in hospital for treatment. None of them has critical injuries.


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