Sunday, July 24, 2011

China HSR trains hit head-on

Two China (in the East Zejiang Province) HSR trains have hit head-on (one was stalled on a track due to lightning.)  This sent (4) of the train cars off of a bridge and de-railed (2).  Reports this morning are estimating that 35 have been killed.

With the recent issues with the China HSR system there were also dismissals of high positions from their respected offices.  

You can find the articles here:,0,4025278,print.story

China sacks three senior officials after train crash

Royston Chan and Maxim Duncan
10:03 AM EDT, July 24, 2011

WENZHOU, China (Reuters) - China sacked three senior railway officials on Sunday after a collision between two high-speed trains killed at least 43 people and raised new questions about the safety of the fast-growing rail network.

A bullet train on Saturday night hit another express which lost power following a lightning strike, state media said, in the country's deadliest rail disaster since 2008.

The power failure knocked out an electronic safety system designed to alert trains about stalled locomotives on the line.

As rescue teams and firefighters with excavators searched for survivors, state television said a 4-year-old boy and a male toddler had been pulled alive from the wreckage.

It was not known how many people were on the trains, which collided on a bridge near the city of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province, some 860 miles south of Beijing.

"The task for us now is to clear the debris and also to check for survivors in those areas that we have not gone to," said 35-year-old rescue worker Wang Jun. "Also, we are trying to get the railway line to be operational again."

Authorities moved quickly to assuage public anger by sacking the head of the Shanghai railway bureau, his deputy and the bureau's Communist Party chief, the Railways Ministry said in a statement on its website (

The three will "also be subject to investigation," the statement added.

(Additional reporting by Aly Song in Wenzhou and Sally Huang and Sui-Lee Wee in Beijing; Writing by Sui-Lee Wee and Ben Blanchard)


Photos of the accident site here:

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