24 Jul '11, 3am

35 dead after Chinese trains collide

35 dead after Chinese trains collide

WENZHOU, China: The death toll in a collision between two high-speed trains in eastern China rose to 35 on Sunday, state media said, as the government ordered an "urgent" overhaul of rail safety nationwide. Another 210 people were injured when a train lost power after being struck by lightning and was hit by a high-speed train, the official Xinhua news agency said, adding two foreigners were among the dead. Four carriages plunged off a viaduct and another two were derailed, Xinhua said, in a disaster likely to raise fresh questions over China's rapid rail expansion. Hours after the accident, which occurred on the outskirts of the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, the government launched an "urgent overhaul" of rail safety nationwide, Xinhua said. China has ploughed huge sums of money into the rapid expansion of its high-speed rail network, which reached 8,358 kilometre...

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