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Mining company van explodes in China, killing eleven

14 January 2013

Eleven persons were killed and 40 others injured after a commuter van from a mining company exploded in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province. The incident occurred on January 11 in Shuangyashan City, Lingdong, Xinhua news agency reported officials as saying.

Seven were killed outright and four others later died in hospital.

The Zhongxing Mineral Industry Company van was apparently carrying detonators for use in the mine when it exploded. The blast also affected a coach on the opposite lane, and there were 52 passengers aboard the two vehicles.

An investigation into the cause of the accident is under way, the China Central Television reported.

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