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Subway trains collide in Shanghai, 271 injured

(Shanghai Daily)

08:09, September 28, 2011

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A signaling glitch caused a massive, rear-end train crash on the Metro Line 10 in central Shanghai near Yuyuan Garden early yesterday afternoon, sending hundreds of injured passengers to hospitals.

At least 20 were seriously injured but the injuries were not life-threatening.

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

By 7pm yesterday, 91 were still hospitalized. The others were discharged.

"This is the darkest day ever for the Shanghai subway. Regardless of the cause or responsibility, we are stricken with remorse for having caused our passengers injury and losses," the Metro operator said in an apology posted on its blog. "We want to deeply, deeply apologize."

The victims generally suffered bone fractures, bruises and cuts after they were thrown against the hand rails and windows, doctors said. The most seriously hurt patients suffered brain and spinal injuries and fractured skulls, said the doctors.

At least seven hospitals were involved in emergency rescues.

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