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14 workers trapped in China tunnel collapse alive

July 16, 2014

BEIJING (AP) — A local government in southwest China said Wednesday that 14 workers trapped when part of a railway tunnel collapsed two days earlier were alive and safe in the wreckage.

The collapse happened Monday afternoon on a tunnel being constructed on a railway linking Yunnan province with neighboring Guangxi region.

While the 14 were confirmed to be alive, one other trapped worker remained out of contact, the Funing county government said in a statement.

Rescuers managed to drill a hole in the collapsed tunnel on Tuesday evening and send food, water and flashlights to those trapped.

The cause of the collapse was still under investigation.

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