Photo taken on
April 28, 2008, shows the site of the trains colliding accident, in east
China's Shandong Province. Passenger train T195 en route from Beijing to Qingdao
city in eastern China derailed and hit train 5034 early on Monday, causing
"heavy casualties", witnesses and a government spokesman confirmed.(Xinhua Photo)
BEIJING, April 28 (Xinhua) -- A passenger train en
route from Beijing to Qingdao city in eastern China derailed and hit another
train early on Monday, causing heavy casualties, witnesses and a government
Passenger train T195, en route from Beijing to the
famous summer resort Qingdao, derailed in the city of Zibo in Shandong Province
at 4:43 a.m. About 10 carriages toppled into a ditch, a witness told Xinhua on
condition of anonymity.
The derailed train hit train 5034, which ran from
Shandong's Yantai city to Xuzhou in the eastern Jiangsu Province, a spokesman
with the Shandong provincial government confirmed. He said the collision caused
the second train to veer off its tracks, too.
Medical workers who are at the site for rescue work
said heavy casualties were reported from both trains, but it was hard to make an
immediate headcount. "I think dozens were injured or killed," a doctor said.
Witnesses said many passengers had climbed out the
wrecked train cars shortly after the accident. Some had wrapped up themselves in
bed sheets from the sleeper cars in the early morning chill.
The accident occurred in Hejiacun village, sandwiched
between Zhoucun district and Wangcun railway station in the suburbs of Zibo, and
about 70 kilometers east of the provincial capital Jinan.
Dozens of injured passengers were being treated at
the Zhoucun People's Hospital. "Most are slight cases and more people are being
sent in every hour," a hospital worker told Xinhua in a telephone interview.
"Some of our medical workers have gone out for rescue work, too."
The hospital, about 30 minutes drive from the site of
the accident, is one of several hospitals involved in the rescue work.
The accident has disrupted two-way traffic on the
Jinan-Qingdao Railway, a pivotal provincial rail link.
This is the second major railway accidents taking
place in Shandong this year.
In January, a high-speed train from Beijing to
Qingdao ran down a group of railway workers in Shandong Province, leaving 18
dead and nine others injured. 4
The workers were relocating the tracks when the train
ran into the work site in Anqiu City of Shandong.