Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Dozens dead in China train crash

Emergency workers help passengers from the wreckage of train after two carriages from a high-speed train derailed in China (AP)
Emergency workers help passengers from the wreckage of train after two carriages from a high-speed train derailed in China (AP)
Firefighters and civilians search for passenger from the wreckage of a train crash in Wenzhou, eastern China (AP)

At least 32 people have been killed when a Chinese high-speed bullet train lost power after being struck by lightning and was hit from behind by another train, Chinese state media reported.

The official Xinhua News Agency said two of the bullet train's cars were knocked off a bridge in the collision that occurred Saturday night in Wenzhou city.

Before raising the death toll, Chinese state media had reported that 89 people were injured in the collision.

No new figure for the number of injured was available.

The Xinhua News Agency says four cars on the second train also derailed, but it did not say how serious that was.

The news agency says one carriage from the first train fell about 65ft to 100ft (20m to 30m).

Pictures on the Internet showed one badly damaged car lying on its side by the bridge and the second car leaning against the bridge after landing on its end.

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