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200 hurt in Shanghai subway crash

Hundreds of passengers were injured when two Shanghai subway trains crashed in the latest trouble for the rapidly expanded transportation system in China's commercial centre.

The crash on one of the city's newest subways, came after Shanghai Shentong Metro Group said that the line was having delays due to equipment problems.

Shanghai, a city of 23 million, has rapidly expanded its subway system in recent years and some lines have seen problems with faulty signalling, windows shattering, doors not opening properly and poorly trained train operators.

At least 212 people were hurt in the crash, three of them seriously, the metro operator said. It said none had life-threatening injuries, although some of the injured were carried away on stretchers.

Photos posted online by passengers showed some of the injured covered in blood and lying on the floor of the train.

The accident tangled city centre traffic as police set up road blocks to clear the way for ambulances, and hundreds of gawkers gathered to watch as passengers were escorted out of the subway.

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