BEIJING (AP) – A coal mine shaft collapsed in northwestern China, killing 16 miners, an official said Saturday, highlighting the persistence of safety problems in the industry despite a levelling off of demand.
Another 11 miners were injured in the disaster, which struck just before midnight Friday in Tiechanggou township outside the Xinjiang regional capital of Urumqi.
Thirty-three miners were in the shaft when the accident occurred, six of whom were brought out by rescuers, said an official with the State Administration of Work Safety. The official, speaking on routine condition of anonymity, said that all of the injured were in stable condition and that the cause of the cave-in was under investigation.
State broadcaster CCTV showed footage of injured miners sitting up in their hospital beds and describing their experiences to a reporter.
A man who answered the phone at the mine’s offices said he could not comment, and calls to the Xinjiang regional safety administration rang unanswered.