Six die as Chinese elevator plummets 34 floors

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BEIJING, Nov 14 (Reuters) An elevator in a tower block under construction in eastern China plunged more than 20 storeys to the ground today, killing six workers and severely injuring 10, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The accident, the latest in a string of industrial accidents across the country, happened at a nearly completed block of flats in Wuxi City in coastal Jiangsu province, when 17 construction workers entered the elevator around noon.

The elevator failed and plummeted to the ground, an official with the Wuxi municipal work safety bureau told Xinhua.

Four men died immediately and doctors were unable to save another two, the report said.

In May, China launched a crackdown on deadly accidents in mines, factories and building sites, demanding that officials and managers do more to lower the toll of injury and death accompanying the nation's economic boom.

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