Coal mine roof collapse traps 7 in Shanxi

Seven workers were trapped Sunday in a coal mine roof collapse in the northern province of Shanxi, local authorities said.

The accident occurred in a shaft of the Beiyu Coal Mine in Puxian county in the city of Linfen at about 1 p.m., when the seven were checking the shaft, said a spokesman with the county government.

Rescuers have rushed to the scene.

Beiyu Coal Mine is a legally-run coal mine owned by Shanxi Puxian County Hongyuan Group.

The cause of the accident is under investigation.