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Blast in tunnel kills 19 people at central Chinese highway construction site

Saturday, May 19, 2012 12:01 am | The Associated Press
In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, the entrance of a tunnel where a deadly explosion took place is cordoned off, in Yanling, central China's Hunan Province, on Sunday, May 20, 2012. The blast, which occurred when a vehicle was unloading explosives in the tunnel, killed at least 19 workers at the central Chinese highway construction site on Saturday, authorities said. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Li Ga) NO SALES

BEIJING, China - A blast in a tunnel has killed 19 workers at a central Chinese highway construction site.

The explosion Saturday in Hunan province also injured one person, said two officials from the provincial work safety bureau who would only give their surnames, Li and Yang, a practice that is common among Chinese government employees.

The blast occurred when a vehicle was unloading explosives in the tunnel of the highway that is being built between Yanling and Rucheng in Hunan province, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Accidents and explosions are common in China due to weak safety standards and lax building practices.

In November, a massive explosion near an expressway ramp in southwestern China killed at least seven people and injured about 200. That blast was caused by three explosives-laden vehicles that caught fire, also destroying a garage and a food warehouse.


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