|Medical workers wait for wounded people at the site of a gas accident in Taozigou coal mine in Luzhou, southwest China's Sichuan Province, May 11, 2013. (Xinhua)
BEIJING, May 11 (Xinhua) -- Twenty-two people were killed and nine others trapped in a gas explosion accident that happened in a colliery in southwest China's Sichuan Province Saturday, the country's work safety authorities said.
Yang Dongliang, head of the State Administration of Work Safety and Fu Jianhua, head of the Administration of Coal Mine Safety have led a working team heading towards the colliery.
They urged the local safety authorities to organize urgent rescue work.
The accident occurred around 2 p.m. in Taozigou coal mine, Luxian County in the city of Luzhou when 108 miners were working underground, according to a statement from the provincial work safety supervision bureau.
Rescue work is underway.
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CHENGDU, May 12 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a colliery accident in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Saturday has risen to 28 after an injured miner died after rescue efforts failed, local authorities said on Sunday.
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