Chinese steel plant accident toll rises to 12

October 6th, 2011 - 4:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Oct 6 (IANS) The toll in a Chinese steel plant accident in which molten iron spilled out of a furnace has risen to 12, an official said.

With rescuers retrieving another body Thursday, twelve people have been confirmed dead after molten iron spilled out at the steel plant in east China’s Jiangsu province Wednesday, reported Xinhua.

The accident occurred around 11.45 a.m Wednesday at the plant operated by the Nanjing Iron and Steel Group Co. Ltd., said Zhang Binjie, an official.

Thirteen people were working to shut down the plant’s furnace when the accident happened.

“Due to high temperatures at the scene, it was difficult for rescuers to find the body of the last worker,” Zhang said.

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