China Bullet Train Derails; Coaches Fall Off Bridge

Beijing, Jul 23: 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
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PTI 23 Jul 2011, 22:00:42 PM IST

Beijing, Jul 23: 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 8:30pm (1230 GMT), it reported, citing local firefighting sources. 

China Bullet Train Derails; Coaches Fall Off Bridge

China is spending billions on building a high-speed rail network, with Premier Wen Jiabao on June 30 formally opening a flagship $33 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 hotbed for corruption. China's state auditor has said construction companies and individuals last year siphoned off 187 million yuan ($29 million) from the Beijing-Shanghai project. AFP

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