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Dozens Dead in China Power Plant Accident
Dozens Dead in China Power Plant Accident

Dozens Dead in China Power Plant Accident

Dozens Dead in China Power Plant Accident

Police took 13 people into custody as the death toll in the collapse of a platform under construction at a power plant in eastern China rose to 74, with two others injured, state media said on Friday. Deadly accidents are relatively common at industrial sites in China, where anger over lax standards is growing.  Three decades of swift economic growth have been marred by incidents ranging from mining disasters to factory fires, Reuters reported.  State news agency Xinhua said 68 of the 74 dead have been identified so far, with victims ranging in age from 23 to 53. The accident happened on Thursday morning in Fengcheng, in Jiangxi province, during work on a cooling tower for the coal-fired power plant. The official China Daily newspaper said the accident happened when a tower crane collapsed, triggering the collapse of the entire construction platform as the night shift was being relieved by the morning shift.

 

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