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74 killed in China coal mine accident

A gas explosion in a north China coal mine Sunday killed at least 74 people, the China Daily reported.

The accident occurred in the Gujaio City mine, Tunlan Coal Mine of Shanxi Coking Coal Group, while 436 miners were working underground. Rescuers told the China Daily that 114 miners were hospitalized because of the accident, and six are in critical condition.

All of the trapped miners had been accounted for by late Sunday, the Lincoln Journal Star reported.

Most of the injuries were caused by carbon monoxide poisoning, the Xinhua News Agency told the Lincoln Journal Star.

Before this, The Tunlan Coal Mine of Shanxi Coking Coal Group hadn't had any major accidents for five years.