China:China’s high-speed train derails
Laaska News July 24,2011
China’s Xinhua news agency says two high-speed trains collided on Saturday in the eastern province of Zhejiang, killing at least 16 people and injuring more than 100 others.
Xinhua says the collision occurred at a little before 9:00 PM, local time, in Wenzhou. It says 6 coaches derailed, with four of them falling off a bridge. One of the trains was travelling from Hangzhou for Fuzhou in Fujian province. The other left Beijing in the morning and was en route to Fuzhou.
The cause of the accident is still unknown. Some local media are quoting a passenger as saying that one train was struck by lightning before the accident. The train stopped for 10 minutes, resumed running, then was rammed from behind by another train when it made a sudden stop again.
Xinhua quoted an eyewitness as saying that the coaches fell from a height of 20 or 30 meters and rescuers are pulling passengers from the carriages.
Footage aired by China Central Television shows one of the coaches leaning against the bridge in an almost upright position and the other lying on the ground upside down.