Four killed, dozens injured after train derails in S China

10:40, 29 July 2009
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Guangxi regional...

At least four passengers died and more than 50 others were injured after a train derailed in south China`s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region early Wednesday due to a landslide, railway authorities said, according to Xinhua.

    Train 1473, from Xiangfan of central Hubei Province to Zhanjiang of Guangdong Province, derailed at 4:22 a.m. in Liuzhou City of Guangxi. The locomotive and its first four sleeper cars derailed, said the Nanning Railway Bureau.

At least ten were seriously injured and have been hospitalized.

    The other 1, 500 passengers were being transported to the Liucheng railway station in Liucheng County.

    Rescuers are using cranes to lift the damaged cars away from the track.

The railway route linking Jiaozuo, central Henan Province to Liuzhou, was cut off.

    Guangxi regional government chairman Ma Biao and vice chairman Yang Daoxi have rushed to the scene to direct rescue operation early Wednesday morning.

 Heavy rain has hit the northern and central parts of Guangxi from Monday to early Wednesday.

    On June 29, two passenger trains collided in central Hunan Province due to a brake failure, leaving three people dead and 63 injured.

 

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