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Backgrounder: Major metro accidents in China

09-28-2011 08:50 BJT

BEIJING, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- Two subway trains collided in Shanghai, injuring over 260 passengers Tuesday afternoon.

The following are some subway accidents that have occurred in China over the past four decades.

In 1969, a fire ignited by a short circuit on a subway train in Beijing killed six people and injured over 200 others. It was the first major subway accident in China since its first metro line went into operation that year.

In 2003, a power supply failure delayed metro trains for 62 minutes in Shanghai, disrupting the commutes of tens of thousands of passengers.

In 2005, a subway train carriage in Beijing caught fire during the morning rush hour, but no casualties were reported.

In 2008, hundreds of people on a moving walkway at a Beijing subway station panicked after hearing strange noises from the device. The ensuing stampede injured at least 13 people.

Also in 2008, a power supply failure forced metro trains to stop for 89 minutes in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou, disrupting the commutes of tens of thousands of passengers. Some people panicked and fled the train coaches for fear of an earthquake or explosion.

The same year, a subway tunnel that was under construction collapsed in the eastern city of Hangzhou, leaving 21 people dead and 24 others injured.

In May 2009, an unidentified gas leak at a subway construction site in Guangzhou killed three workers and sickened many others.

In December 2009, two trains in the Shanghai subway collided following a breakdown in a power system. No casualties were reported as the trains were moving at low speeds.

In 2010, a subway station that was under construction collapsed in Beijing, killing two workers and injuring eight others.

In July 2011, an ascending escalator inside a metro station in downtown Beijing suddenly reversed, killing a 13-year-old boy and injuring 30 others.

Also in July, a similar escalator accident happened in a subway station in the southern boomtown of Shenzhen, injuring two passengers.

From July to August this year, the Shanghai subway experienced a string of accidents, including a tunnel fire, a train gate failure and a signal mistake that caused a train to run in the wrong direction.

(Sources: news stories and other publications.)


Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: Xinhua

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