An explosion at an underground coal mine in China has killed nine miners and trapped another 44.
Around 120 miners were working at the Xiaojiawan coal mine when the incident occurred, the Herald Sun reports.
Rescuers were able to extract 70 workers from the mine; three later died at hospital.
Fifty remained trapped underground, however six were soon confirmed as dead.
Rescue efforts are still underway to free the remaining 44 miners.
In the mean time the police have arrested the mine's owner pending an investigation.