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5 killed by asphalt gas in China

March 26, 2013 at 7:15 AM

WUHAN, China, March 26 (UPI) -- Five men working on an oil tanker in central China were killed by poisonous asphalt waste gas while unloading asphalt at a dock, officials said Tuesday.

The five crew members worked on the Zhenlingyou 778 oil tanker in central China's Hubei province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

They were unloading asphalt onto a dock in the port in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei when they were suffocated by the gas Monday, the Changjiang River Administration of Navigational Affairs said.

Police said they were investigating the deaths.

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