More trains suspended after train crash kills at least 35 in east China

13:14, July 24, 2011      

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More trains in China's eastern Zhejiang Province and southeastern Fujian Province were suspended after a train collision and derailing Saturday night killed at least 35 people and injured 210 others, sources with various railway stations said Sunday.

Twenty-three high-speed trains from Hangzhou, capital city of Zhejiang, were ordered to suspend operation after a high-speed train rear-ended a stalled one near Wenzhou City in the province.

The accident occurred at 8:38 p.m. Saturday on a bridge near Wenzhou, some 360 km south of Hangzhou when high-speed train D301 rear-ended another one D3115, which was allegedly hit by lightning and lost drive.

Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed.

The accident also brought railway traffic in Fujian Province, to which the two trains were heading, to a standstill.

In Fuzhou, capital city of Fujian Province, a total of 26 high-speed trains that were bound for Zhejiang, Shanghai and Beijing have been suspended, the railway authorities in Fuzhou said Sunday.

Outbounding trains from Xiamen, another coastal city in Fujian, were also halted as a result of the accident, the railway station in Xiamen said in a statement.
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