Passenger train derails in east China, at least 10 dead, 55 injured

13:09, May 23, 2010      

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Rescuers work at the site where a passenger train derailed in Dongxiang County, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Chunyuan)Death toll from a passenger train derail in east China's Jiangxi Province on Sunday has risen to 10, rescue headquarters said.

At least 55 people were injured, two severely, the rescue headquarters said in a statement.

The train, bound for the tourist city of Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region from Shanghai, derailed at around 2:10 a.m. in Dongxiang county, Fuzhou city in Jiangxi, after being hit by landslides, the Ministry of Railways said in a press release early Sunday. At least ten passengers were injured, it said.

Xinhua reporters who rushed to the scene saw the locomotive, plus eight of the 17 carriages of the train -- coded K859 -- derailed and some even overturned in the mountainous area of Jiangxi. 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, who was from the Railway Bureau in Nanchang, Jiangxi provincial capital.

He said the bureau has called for all of its four legal medical experts to the accident site to help identify the dead.


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