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Two subway trains collide in Shanghai, over 270 injured


08:03, September 28, 2011

Firm behind signaling system has had glitches

The injured are wheeled to a hospital following a subway train collision in Shanghai, east China, Sept. 27, 2011. A subway train rear-ended another Tuesday afternoon in Shanghai. Over 260 people injured in the accident were seen receiving treatment in hospitals as of 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to local authorities. (Xinhua/Liu Ying)

SHANGHAI, Sept. 27 (Xinhua) -- A subway train rear-ended another train Tuesday afternoon in Shanghai, injuring more than 270 passengers, including four foreigners.

So far, a total of 271 people have received treatment in hospitals, said Xu Jianguang, director of Shanghai's health bureau, at a press briefing late Tuesday.

Most of the injuries are bruises and bone fractures, but there are also external head traumas, doctors said. An estimated 20 injured people are in critical condition but the injuries are not life-threatening, they said.

Xu said that 180 people have already been discharged from hospital.

The crash occurred at about 2:51 p.m. following a signal system failure at a station on the Line 10 subway, Shanghai Shentong Metro Group Co. said in a statement, adding that about 500 passengers were later evacuated from the trains.

The subway train stopped for about 15 minutes and then continued before stopping again for another ten minutes before crashing into the other train, a young passenger on the train's first carriage said.

The signal system failure at about 2:10 p.m. meant the trains had to be directed via phone by subway staff rather than by electric signals and were thus running at slower speeds, the subway operator's statement said.

The signal system is a product of Casco Signal Ltd., a joint venture of China Railway Signal and Communication Corp. and Alstom, which reportedly supplies signal systems to a number of subways in Chinese cities, including Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin and Shenzhen.

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