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56 Killed, 100 Injured In Rail, Two Road Accidents In China

At least 56 people were killed and nearly 100 injured on Sunday in a train derailment in a mountainous area in a east China and two major road accidents.  Nineteen passengers were killed and 71
PTI May 23, 2010 20:42 IST
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At least 56 people were killed and nearly 100 injured on Sunday in a train derailment in a mountainous area in a east China and two major road accidents.  Nineteen passengers were killed and 71 others were injured when a passenger train from Shanghai to the scenic city of Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region derailed after ramming into landslides in Jiangxi Province.

The condition of the 11 injured passengers was stated to be serious, Xinhua newsagency reported.

A spokesman of the Railway headquarters said 8,000 cubic meters of mud and rocks from the landslide were removed from the tracks, after 2,000 rescuers using heavy machinery completed the rescue operation. Several compartments of the train became a twisted mettle crushing many passengers.  The engine along with eight of the 17 carriages of the train derailed and some even overturned in the mountainous area. One carriage was twisted and crushed on the other. 

"Each of the train carriages has 118 seats. It is not yet immediately known how many passengers were on board," said a police officer surnamed Luo.  Meanwhile, 32 people were killed after a bus and truck collided on an expressway in Fuxin City, northeast China's Liaoning Province. Three people on the truck and 28 passengers on the bus were killed on the spot. One of the 22 injured died in hospital.  A spokesman with the Liaoning Public Security Bureau said the accident happened in the early hours when the truck turned the wrong way coming out of a service area. 

The two vehicles collided head on and caught fire.  Zhang Zhijing, deputy director of the Zhangwu County People's Hospital, said the hospital had received 25 injured people from the accident. The coach, with 53 people on board was en route from Tianjin to Harbin, capital of the northeastern Heilongjiang Province.  Maintenance work was being carried out on the section of the four-lane expressway linking Tieling and Chaoyang cities in Liaoning where the accident happened, according to the local transport authority.  In yet another road accident five people were killed after a bus rammed into the road side barrier and veered off an expressway in southwest China's Chongqing Municipality on Sunday.

The bus was carrying 47 people and heading to Chongqing rom Kaixian County, when the accident happened in the early hours, said Chongqing police.  Six injured people have been rushed to Dianjiang County People's Hospital. None of them was in critical condition, said the police. PTI