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Death toll from China's train crash rises to 39, including two Americans

07-25-2011 21:49 BJT Special Report:Two High-Speed Trains Crash in East China |

WENZHOU/BEIJING, July 25 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a high-speed train crash in east China's Zhejiang Province has risen to 39.

One more body was pulled out from the wreckage Monday afternoon, bringing the dead toll to 39 as of 6 p.m., said sources with the city government of Wenzhou, where the crash occurred.

An earlier Xinhua report said that eight more bodies were discovered Sunday afternoon, however, according to an official with the local government, the bodies had already been included in the earlier death toll of 35.

Earlier Monday, rescuers recovered three bodies at the site. The U.S. Embassy in China confirmed that two American citizens had died in the crash.

The accident occurred when the high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115 at about 8:30 p.m. Saturday on a viaduct near the city of Wenzhou.

The collision also injured 192 people, 12 of whom remained in critical condition Monday afternoon.

Identities of 38 victims have been confirmed while DNA test results of one body are still pending, according to the Wenzhou government, which also said that it will make public the names of the deceased soon.

The search and rescue work ended at 6 p.m. and the focus has shifted to dealing with the aftermath of the tragedy, said a spokesman with the local government.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: Xinhua

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