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Chinese railway construction explosion kills eight

02 January 2013

An explosion at a railway tunnel construction site in Linfen City left at least eight people dead and five injured, the Shanxi provincial government said on December 31. The accident was said to have occurred as early as December 25, and social media users claimed the delay in announcing details was an attempted cover-up by Shanxi officials. 

A statement published on the province’s official website and on state-run Sina News said the circumstances of the accident were still under investigation and that further details would be announced to the public at a later date.

Excavation work was in process on the central and southern portions of the Liangshan tunnel when explosives used for demolition went off, the statement said. 

The five injured are being treated at a hospital.

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