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At least 43 dead, 211 injured after Chinese trains collide
Published in Saudi Press Agency on 24 - 07 - 2011

At least 43 people were killed and 211 injured when a high-speed train ploughed into the back of another bullet
train that had lost power in east China, dpa quoted officials as saying Sunday.
One train stalled after being struck by lightning late on
Saturday, and the other train, running behind it, crashed into it,
the official Xinhua news agency reported, citing statements from the
Ministry of Railways and the provincial emergency office.
The collision forced two carriages of the crippled train off the
track, and four from the other train to derail and fall from a
concrete bridge.
About 600 passengers were aboard the six carriages that derailed.
A total of 1,400 passengers were on board the two trains. The
accident occurred in Wenzhou City in the eastern province of Zhejiang
at around 8.30 pm (1230 GMT).
"We were trapped in a carriage for more than an hour before five
of us broke a window and crawled out," Xinhua quoted a 40-year-old
man who survived the crash as saying.
The trains involved were "D" trains - first-generation bullet
trains that have an average speed of about 150 km/h.
The bullet train that was struck, the D3115, was en route to the
provincial capital Hangzhou from Fuzhou, capital of the neighbouring
province of Fujian. The train that hit the crippled train, the D301,
was en route to Fuzhou from Beijing.
Photos of the scene posted on China's Twitter-like microblog
service Sina Weibo appeared to show one rail carriage standing almost
vertical, with one resting on the concrete bridge and another on the
ground.
In the photo, the wreckage of another derailed carriage lies in a
horizontal position on the ground below the bridge, with tens of
rescuers working on top of it.
Other photos showed victims being carried away from the scene on
stretchers.
-- SPA


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