Family has lucky escape

11:23, July 25, 2011      

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"Thank goodness I am OK," said Tian Ruiyin, 39, who never expected an ordinary train journey to turn into a nightmare.

On July 23, it was just another trip from his hometown in East China's Shandong province to his work place and current permanent residence in Fuzhou, the capital city of East China's Fujian province.

In the No 15 coach of the express D301 train from Beijing to Fuzhou, Tian and his wife were talking about their reluctance to leave their parents behind. Their two children were playing cards.

There were about only two hours left before they were due to arrive at South Fuzhou Station.

"My children climbed down from the upper bunk and sat with my wife on the lower bunk, as the thunder and lightning outside the train scared them," said Tian.

When he stood up, trying to stretch his legs a bit after a long spell on the lower bunk, he suddenly fell over and acute pain raced through his back. He heard his children crying.

Only then did he realize that the train might have hit something.

"It felt like someone threw me fiercely against the wall," he said.

The lights went off suddenly, and he could hardly see his children and wife.

Then he heard people shouting: "Our train crashed into another train."

"I could feel the tension in the air - for a couple of seconds there was dead silence, and people broke into shouts and cries, " he said.

Within a couple of minutes, all the passengers were ordered to leave the train as soon as possible.

"It was quite chaotic, totally out of order," he said.
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