China's top work-safety official admitted that government corruption and coverups dog investigations of mine accidents, the Wall Street Journal reported. Li Yizhong, head of the State Administration of Work Safety, said Thursday that his agency found at least nine recent major accidents that local officials and mine owners tried to hide. The agency found that four major mine explosions and one major traffic accident over the past two years were caused by negligence and criminal neglect. China has the world's highest lethal accident rate in coal mines, with almost 5,000 deaths last year.
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