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13 Chinese coal miners die after carriages crash


Rescue workers are searching for seven workers trapped after an accident that killed 13 other workers at a mine in northwest China.

The official Xinhua News Agency says the miners were killed after a steel cable pulling two carriages broke in the pit mine in Baiyin city in Gansu province.

It says the two carriages with 34 miners aboard slipped and overturned after the cable snapped shortly after midnight Tuesday.

China has the world's deadliest coal mine industry with 1,973 miners killed in coal mine accidents last year.

Safety improvements have reduced deaths in recent years, but safety rules are often ignored and accidents are still common.

A mine blast in Sichuan in August left 44 people dead, the highest single accident toll for the industry in nearly three years.

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