China to probe coal mine gas leak

Oct. 19, 2010 at 7:40 AM

BEIJING, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- A special team will be assembled to investigate a major coal mine gas leak that killed 37 miners in China's Henan Province, officials say.

The team will be headed by Luo Lin, the chief of the State Administration of Work Safety, China's official Xinhua news agency reported Tuesday.

Hundreds of miners were working underground Saturday when the leak occurred.

Officials said 239 of the 276 miners managed to escape.

An initial investigation indicated that 173,500 cubic feet of gas leaked.

A similar leak occurred at the mine in August 2008, killing 23 people.

The mine is owned by the Pingyu Coal & Electric Company.

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