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Train falls into river after bridge collapses

08-19-2010 18:51 BJT Special Report:China Fights Worst Flood in Decades |

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China's Chengdu Railway authorities say at least two carriages of a passenger train have fallen into a river after floods destroyed a bridge in Guanghan, southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The accident happened at about 3:20 p.m. Thursday on the Shi-ting-jiang Bridge section of the railway line linking Chengdu and Baoji, in northwestern Shaanxi Province. Floods caused the bridge piers to collapse which then forced the train from its track.

A fire-fighter involved in the rescue operation says the fallen carriages were then swept 200 meters down the river. It was not immediately known how many passengers were inside the carriages. People aboard five other carriages on the bridge have been transferred to safe places.

Local authorities are now doing their best to rescue the affected passengers. The train was traveling from Xi'an, capital of Shaanxi, to Kunming, capital of southwestern Yunnan Province.

Editor:Zhang Ning |Source: CNTV

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