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61 trapped, 14 missing in central China coal mine accident

Sixty-one people are trapped and 14 missing after an accident occurred Friday afternoon in a coal mine in the city of Pingdingshan, central China’s Henan Province, local authorities said.

The accident happened at around 2 p.m. in a coal mine in China Pingmei Shenma in Henan. A preliminary investigation showed it was caused by a coal and gas outburst in the outer section of an intake airway.

Local authorities have mounted a rescue operation. Further investigations into the accident are underway.