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Bullet train crashes in China, death toll rises to 35

Posted by on July 24, 2011 0 Comment

Death toll has risen to 35 and 210 were injured when a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train late Saturday in east China’s Zhejiang Province, according to the provincial emergency office.

As of 9:30 a.m. Sunday, 35 people have been confirmed dead, including two foreigners, the emergency office said in a statement.

In the meantime, identifications of 19 people who died in the accident have been confirmed.

The accident occurred at 8:27 p.m. Saturday on a bridge near Wenzhou City in Zhejiang Province when high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115, which was allegedly hit by lightning and lost drive.

Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed.

Train D301 was heading from Beijing to the southeastern city of Fuzhou in Fujian Province while D3115 was running from Zhejiang’s capital city of Hangzhou to Fuzhou.

As of 10 a.m. Sunday, a total of 23 trains from Hangzhou were suspended, railway authorities in Hangzhou said.

There are about 30 high-speed trains that head to Wenzhou passing through Hangzhou every day. Xinhua

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