China Train Derailment

July 24, 2011 by staff 

China Train DerailmentChina Train Derailment, Lightning knocked out power to a high-speed train in eastern China, on Saturday night, causing a collision and derailment that killed at least 33 people and injured over 90 others. Official Chinese Xinhua news agency said a bullet train older generation was going to Hangzhou, capital of the eastern province of Zhejiang, the city of Wenzhou, losing power. The train disabled after a second high-speed train beat him, forcing two of its rail cars off a bridge.

Video from the scene showed a wagon train on the ground after falling 20 to 30 meters, with a second hanging bridge over it. Xinhua quoted witnesses as saying that rescue teams have pulled many passengers of the car fell.

China has spent billions of dollars to connect the cities with high-speed train, but this is the second time in recent weeks has been a storm blamed for causing problems.

Earlier this month, a power-induced storm caused a delay of 90 minutes on the new Beijing to Shanghai line. Several passengers complained on Twitter-like microblogging on the conditions of the trains, which were left without light or air conditioning.

Officials opened the Beijing-Shanghai line late last month with great fanfare. The Ministry of Railways chief engineer, He Hua Wu, told reporters take the maiden voyage of new rail link is the “pride of China and the Chinese people.”

The most recent Chinese high speed trains, the journey of 1,300 miles between the capital of China and its financial center in less than five hours.

Critics say the billions of dollars of high-speed rail plan is too expensive for a country where millions live in poverty, and that the lines are being built primarily to increase the prestige of Beijing.

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