At Least 33 Killed, 191 Wounded in Chinese High-Speed Rail Accident

Chinese HSR Accident
Passengers are rescued from the two trains that collided and came off the rails in Wenzhou, Zhejiang. Photo by AP.

At Least 33 Killed, 191 Wounded in Chinese High-Speed Rail Accident
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国高速鉄道事故、死者33人に…負傷191人
9:48 AM July 24, 2011

According to Xinhua, China’s official news agency, at last count 33 people were killed and 191 wounded in a high-speed rail accident in Wenzhou City, Zhejiang Province on the 23rd.

Chinese High-Speed Train Crashes into Resting Train
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国高速鉄道が停止中の列車に追突、11人死亡
Yasuharu Seki reporting from Beijing 1:46 AM July 24, 2011

A high-speed train headed from Beijing to Fuzhou (Fujian Province) crashed into a train bound for Hangzhou (Zhejiang) that was stopped on the tracks, sending both trains flying off the bridge and into the river, in Wenzhou (Zhejiang Province in eastern China) at about 8:30 PM China Time on July 23, according to Xinhua and other Chinese news agencies.

Xinhua says that 11 dead and 89 injured people have been transported to the hospital. The Japanese consulate in Shanghai is determining whether any of its citizens were caught in the accident. Complaints have already been made about the safety of China’s high speed rail line, which is being hurriedly constructed.

According to China Central Television (CCTV), the Hangzhou-bound train was stopped because lightning had disabled its signals. That train was full, with 1300-1400 passengers. Passengers are still trapped inside the train which caused the collision. Firefighters and paramedics are on site continuing the rescue effort.

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