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Four French injured in train collision confirmed to be one family, friend
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17:30, April 28, 2008

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The four injured French nationals from the fatal train collision that killed 70 people and injured another 416 early on Monday in eastern China's Shandong Province have been confirmed to be family members and a friend.

"I am on the way to see my little brother at another hospital," one of the injured, named Joanne Boisson, 22, told Xinhua by phone.

Joanne and her father, Pascal Boisson, 54, are in Zibo Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital. Her 14-year-old brother, Pierre Emmanuel Boisson, sustained shoulder injuries and was taken to Zibo No.1 Hospital.

The other injured French national was Pascal Boisson's friend, Robin Naurence, 42, now in another hospital in the Zichuan District of Zibo City, Joanne Boisson said.

"I was hurt in the back but not very seriously. I don't feel well," said Joanne, whose voice sounded weak on the phone. "My father was badly hurt. I'm worried about my brother and Robin Naurence," she said.

Zhang Jun, director of the orthopedics department of the hospital, said that Joanne was experiencing back pain but could walk on her own.

Pascal Boisson suffered multiple rib fractures and leg bruises, Zhang told Xinhua by phone.

"He may have another fracture in the chest, but we have to decide that with an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scan," Zhang said. "He may need some time to recover, and he has to stay in bed now," he said.

Joanne said she has been studying at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Her family was here on a visit from France and they were all planning a holiday of about 10 days.

They were among the hundreds involved in the accident, which happened as they were en route to Qingdao, an Olympic co-host city and coastal city of Shandong Province.

Joanne can communicate in Chinese with the doctors and nurses, while her father cannot.

Liang Minglai, president of Zibo Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, said on the phone that he visited Joanne and her father earlier on Monday and arranged a car for her to visit her brother and her father's friend.

Liang's hospital has admitted 21 patients, and at least three of them were seriously injured.

Pascal Boisson was the most seriously injured among the four French nationals, Liang said.

Zibo No.1 Hospital, where Pierre has been hospitalized, has mobilized almost all of its doctors and nurses to treat the large number of injured, said a nurse who answered the phone.

Pierre was not severely hurt and was hospitalized in the orthopedics department, she said.

The dead and injured were from two passenger trains, one of which was en route from Beijing to Qingdao, the venue of the Olympic sailing competition, and the other, from Yantai, Shandong, to Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province.

The train from Beijing, coded T195, derailed in the city of Zibo in Shandong Province at about 4:40 a.m. About 10 carriages toppled into a ditch. The derailed train was hit by train 5034, which also left the tracks.

Source: Xinhua

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