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China bullet train derails in eastern province

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  1. flanker143

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    The Chinese D train derailed with two of its carriages falling off a bridge after being crashed into by another train, reports suggest. The number of casualties, however, is still unknown, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
    The train, travelling from Hangzhou to Wenzhou, went off the rails in eastern China's Zhejiang province around 8:30pm (1230 GMT), it reported, citing local firefighting sources.
    It is thought to have come to a halt on the bridge near Wenzhou when its power failed following a lightning strike. A second train collided from behind, pushing carriages of the D train off the bridge.
    The D train represents China's first-generation bullet trains. Running on regular track, they are capable of travelling at 150kph and are not part of the new high-speed network.
    China is spending billions on building a high-speed rail network, with Premier Wen Jiabao on June 30 formally opening a flagship $33 billion line from Beijing to Shanghai.
    That line has suffered problems with delays caused by power outages, sparking a slew of criticism online and in Chinese media.
    The huge investment has made the sector a hotbed for corruption. China's state auditor has said construction companies and individuals last year siphoned off 187 million yuan ($29 million) from the Beijing-Shanghai project.
     
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    DaRk KnIght Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    RIP to the dead.
     
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    Train collision in China kills 35, injures 191 - The Times of India

    BEIJING: A bullet train crashed into another high-speed train that had stalled after being struck by lightning in eastern China, causing four carriages to fall off a viaduct and killing at least 35 people and injuring 191 others, state media and an official said on Sunday.

    It was the first derailment on China's high-speed rail network since the country launched its bullet trains in 2007 with a top speed of 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour, the China Daily reported.

    The first train was traveling south from the Zhejiang provincial capital of Hangzhou when it lost power in the lightning strike and was hit from behind by the second train in Wenzhou city at 8:27pm (1230 GMT) Saturday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. The second train had left Beijing and both trains were destined for Fuzhou in eastern Fujian province.

    The ministry of railways said in a statement that the first four carriages of the moving train and the last two carriages of the stall train derailed.

    An official surnamed Hua in the Zhejiang provincial emergency office told The Associated Press that 35 people had died, including one foreign female. He said her nationality was not clear. A further 191 people were being treated at hospitals, said Hua, who gave only his surname, as is common with Chinese officials.

    Early Sunday, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao called for an all-out effort to rescue passengers still trapped in the wreckage hours after the collision, Xinhua said. China Central Television later said the search-and-rescue operation had ended by 4 a.m. Sunday.

    A preliminary investigation by the Zhejiang provincial government showed that four coaches of the moving train fell off the viaduct, Xinhua said. The cars plunged about 65 to 100 feet (20 to 30 meters) from the elevated section of track, it said.

    Photos taken at the scene showed one badly damaged car lying on its side by the viaduct and another car leaning against the viaduct after landing on its end.

    Xinhua quoted an unidentified witness as saying, "Rescuers have dragged many passengers out of the coach that fell on the ground."

    The Wenzhou city government said more than 1,000 people participated in the rescue operation.

    About 1,500 passengers were taken to a middle school, and more than 500 residents had given blood by 9am Sunday after appeals from the local blood bank, which said many of the injured needed transfusions, CCTV reported.

    Minister of Railways Sheng Guangzu, who was heading to the accident scene, ordered an in-depth investigation of the accident, Xinhua said.

    The trains involved are "D" trains - first-generation bullet trains with an average speed of about 95 miles (150 kilometers) per hour and not as fast as the new Beijing-Shanghai line.

    China has spent billions of dollars and plans more massive spending to link the country with a high-speed rail network. Power outages and other malfunctions have plagued the showcase high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai since it opened June 30.

    Official plans call for China's bullet train network to expand to 8,000 miles (13,000 kilometers) of track this year and 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) by 2020.

    The huge spending connected with the rail expansion also has been blamed for corruption. Railways Minister Liu Zhijun was dismissed this spring amid an investigation into unspecified corruption allegations.

    No details have been released about the allegations against him, but news reports say they include kickbacks, bribes, illegal contracts and sexual liaisons.
     
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    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    it is a severe blow to china's infrastructural might ,after all chinese product would always be chinese please dont forget that.
    R.I.P. to all dead ones
     
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    Stop trolling. a tragedy is a tragedy. Anywhere in the world.
     
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    DrSomnath999 Major RESEARCHER

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    "a tragedy is a tragedy Anywhere in the world" who is denying that man!
    thatswhy i had written R.I.P to all dead ones in the end Cant u see that
     
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