Rescue effort on at China high-speed train crash (Second Lead)

July 24th, 2011 - 5:45 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, July 24 (IANS) Rescuers feverishly cut through mangled remains after a high-speed train smashed into another train late Saturday in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, killing 35 people, including two foreigners, and leaving 210 injured, the authorities said.

The accident occurred at 8.38 p.m. Saturday on a bridge near the city of Wenzhou. High-speed train D301 rammed into bullet train D3115, which was stalled on the tracks, Xinhua reported.

The first four carriages of D301 fell off the bridge, while the last two carriages of D3115 were derailed.

Train D301 was heading from Beijing to the southeastern city of Fuzhou in Fujian province, while train D3115 was running from Zhejiang’s capital city of Hangzhou to Fuzhou.

The first and second carriages of train D301 were piled on top of each other after plunging to the ground.

Rescue workers cut through the train wreckage in order to find survivors and resume railway traffic.

Zhejiang Satellite TV quoted rescuers as saying that the train’s black-box recorder has been recovered.

Vice Premier Zhang Dejiang arrived at the site to direct rescue efforts.

Thirty-five people, including two foreigners, have been confirmed dead, the emergency office said in a statement.

The identities of 19 people who died in the accident have been confirmed.

Fifty-eight trains was suspended Sunday after the accident, according to the ministry of railways.

It said the damaged train tracks are being repaired.

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