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Bullet Train collision in China, 33 reported dead.


Beijing (CNN) -- A high-speed bullet train collision in eastern China's Zhejiang province Saturday left 16 people dead and dozens injured, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Witnesses told China National Radio that a bullet train stopped on the tracks because of a power outage from a lightning strike.

Another bullet train traveling in the same direction rammed into the first train from behind and caused two of its cars to fall from an elevated bridge, the radio report said.

A rescue operation was under way. Some passengers told the radio network they had to smash windows and crawl out of the cars.

State media also reported at least 133 people had been rescued, but officials said some cars were severely twisted and it was hard to know how many people were still trapped inside.

The struck train was carrying 1,300 to 1,400 passengers, officials said.

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UPDATE: Death toll has risen to 32.

"State media also reported 191 people were injured, but officials said some cars were severely twisted and it was hard to know how many people were still trapped inside."

UPDATE: Death toll now 33.
joshlymanftw 23rd-Jul-2011 10:28 pm (UTC)
what the fuck is up with today
bathstone 24th-Jul-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
This. :/
emmapcz 23rd-Jul-2011 10:30 pm (UTC)
holy shit :(
fauxdistressed 23rd-Jul-2011 10:35 pm (UTC)
so tragic ): love to China right now. I hope they're able to get everyone out safely.
supermishelle 23rd-Jul-2011 10:42 pm (UTC)
This is so sad. I wish all the survivors a speedy recovery.
brewsternorth 23rd-Jul-2011 10:59 pm (UTC)
Oh grief.

(also, this is kind of scary considering that with adequate failsafes this should not have happened. If a train was stopped on the line for any reason, and the signal was not necessarily clear because idk the lightning strike might've sent the signals awry, the train behind it should've come to a stop.)
fauxparadiso 24th-Jul-2011 12:48 am (UTC)
I can't even comprehend how you can have trains that were obviously traveling so close to each other without some system set up for if one breaks down on the track. Even without auto failsafes, it's obvious they didn't even have a radio plan set up to contact other conductors.
baked_goldfish 24th-Jul-2011 01:02 am (UTC)
It's possible that they had a "ghost" train - they didn't know it was there. That's what happened with the DC Metro crash a while ago; one of the trains involved wasn't picked up by the track sensors, so the other train operator literally did not know it even existed until it was too late.

Combine that with not being able to stop quickly enough, and I can see how something like this could happen.
quemadura 23rd-Jul-2011 11:43 pm (UTC)
So sad :[
bathstone 24th-Jul-2011 12:28 am (UTC)
JFC, how terrible. RIP to those who died and a speedy recovery to the survivors. :( :(
advancedcookie 24th-Jul-2011 02:43 am (UTC)
What the fuck is wrong with the world these past few days? RIP to all the poor people who lost their lives.
lady_deirdre 25th-Jul-2011 01:12 pm (UTC)
Newspaper this morning said there were 43 dead :(
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