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Train collision in Wenzhou kills at least 35

07-25-2011 08:30 BJT Special Report:Two High-Speed Trains Crash in East China |

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In Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang province, a train collision and derailment have killed at least 35 people, and injured more than 200 others. A four year old boy was pulled from the wreckage, a miracle rescue more than 20 hours after the accident.

Meanwhile, the Shanghai Railway Chief Long Jing was sacked. No one on train D301 was expecting this, 12 kilometers from their destination.

Photo taken by a cellphone shows a bullet train derailed on a bridge in east China's Zhejiang Province, July 23, 2011. The train numbered D3115 from the provincial capital Hangzhou to the city of Wenzhou derailed at the section of Shuangyu Town in Wenzhou at 8:34 p.m., said fire fighters from Wenzhou. (Xinhua/Yu Genling)

The collision happened near Wenzhou city. Initial investigation shows that lightning struck the first train D3115, caused a power outage and forced it to stop. 38 past eight, the second train D301 crashed into the first train, and the first four of its carriages were thrown from the viaduct, 20 meters to the ground.

There were about 900 passengers on the first train, and over 500 on the second. For them, it was a nightmare moment.

A survivor on 1st train, said, "There was a sudden bang. We felt strong shaking. Then the lights went off. After calling the police, we opened a door and ran out. " "It was chaotic. Many people screamed for help. "

Photo taken on July 24, 2011 shows the crashed bullet trains in Wenzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province. D301 train from Beijing to Fuzhou rear-ended the D3115 train at 8:50 p.m. The first four coaches of D301 and the 15th and 16th coaches of D3115 went off the line. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

A worker walks past the accident scene in Wenzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. D301 train from Beijing to Fuzhou rear-ended the D3115 train at 8:50 p.m. The first four coaches of D301 and the 15th and 16th coaches of D3115 went off the line. (Xinhua/Ju Huanzong)

Hundreds of firefighters rushed to the scene in over 30 fire engines and cranes. People from local villages also came to help. By four am Sunday morning, the search and rescue operation almost drew to a conclusion. Clear up efforts followed.

Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang arrived at the site to oversee the situation and conduct an investigation into the accident. The record box of the second train was found and sent for examination on Sunday morning.

The Ministry of Railways has apologized. Wang Yongping, spokesman of Ministry of Railways, said, "We are sorry for the accident. We want to send condolences to the victims and their families. Though compensation is not yet on the agenda, we will give the victims a satisfying answer according to relevant regulations." "

Over one thousand passengers were stranded after the accident. Nearby railway stations have arranged temporary trains to send them to their destinations.

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (R front) speaks to medical staff as he visits a hospital receiving passengers injured in the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. Zhang is leading a work team in Wenzhou to assist in relief work and conduct an investigation into the accident. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang (C) inspects the accident scene in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011, after a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train late Saturday. As of 9:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) Sunday, the death toll has risen to 35 and 210 others were injured. The accident occurred on a bridge near downtown Wenzhou when high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115. Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed. Zhang came to direct the relief work and conduct investigation. (Xinhua/Wang Ye)

Rescuers work at the accident scene in Wenzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011, after a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train late Saturday. As of 9:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) Sunday, the death toll has risen to 35 and 210 others were injured. The accident occurred on a bridge near downtown Wenzhou when high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115. Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed. (Xinhua/Guo Guangjie)

Rescuers work at the accident scene in Wenzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011, after a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train late Saturday. As of 9:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) Sunday, the death toll has risen to 35 and 210 others were injured. The accident occurred on a bridge near downtown Wenzhou when high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115. Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed. (Xinhua/Guo Guangjie)

 

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