NANCHANG, Sept. 2 (Xinhua) -- Two miners were killed, and another 14 went missing on Sunday afternoon after an explosion in a coal mine in east China's Jiangxi Province, authorities announced.
Around 12:55 p.m., 18 miners became trapped underground after a gas blast in the Gaokeng Coal Mine of the Pingxiang Mining Bureau in Pingxiang City, said Li Liangshi, general manager of the Jiangxi Coal Group Corporation.
As of 4:40 p.m., two miners had been rescued from the mine and two bodies had been retrieved.
Rescuers are searching for the 14 missing miners underground, Li said.
The Pingxiang Mining Bureau is affiliated to the state-owned Jiangxi Coal Group Corporation.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.
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