23 Jul '11, 2pm

China bullet train derails; coaches fall off bridge

A chinese bullet train derailed on Saturday with two of its carriages falling off a bridge but the number of casualties was unknown. -- PHOTO: AP BEIJING - A CHINESE bullet train derailed on Saturday with two of its carriages falling off a bridge but the number of casualties was unknown, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The train, travelling from Hangzhou to Wenzhou, went off the rails in eastern China's Zhejiang province around 1230 GMT (8.30pm Singapore time), it reported, citing local firefighting sources. China is spending billions on building a high-speed rail network, with Premier Wen Jiabao on June 30 formally opening a flagship US$33 billion (S$40 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 hot...

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