China passenger train collision kills at least 66, injures more than 400

April 28, 2008 10:22

A high-speed passenger train jumped the tracks and slammed into another train in eastern China on Monday, killing at least 66 people and injuring more than 400, a state news agency reported. Seventy people were in critical condition after the pre-dawn crash in a rural area in Shandong province, Xinhua News Agency said on its Web site. The injured included four French nationals who were hospitalized with bone fractures, it said. The accident just before the May Day long weekend holiday happened when a train traveling from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao derailed and hit a second passenger train at about 4:40 a.m., Xinhua reported. About 10 of the first train's carriages toppled into a dirt ditch. The second train, traveling from Yantai to Xuzhou, also derailed, although it did not fall into the ditch. A news photo showed one of its carriages resting perpendicular to the track.

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