Passenger train derails in east China, at least 10 dead, 55 injured   2010-05-23 11:02:35 FeedbackPrintRSS

Rescuers work at the site where a passenger train derailed in Dongxiang County, east China's Jiangxi Province, May 23, 2010. (Xinhua/Chen Chunyuan)

DONGXIANG, Jiangxi, May 23 (Xinhua) -- The death toll from a train derailment in east China Sunday has risen to 10, say rescue authorities.

Another 55 people were injured, two of them seriously, after the accident in Jiangxi Province, said a statement from the rescue headquarters.

The train was en route from Shanghai to the scenic city of Guilin in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, when it came off the tracks at around 2:10 a.m. in Dongxiang county, Fuzhou city.

It derailed after hitting a section of track that had been damaged by a a landslide, the Ministry of Railways said in a press release early Sunday.

Xinhua reporters who went to the scene saw the locomotive and nine of the 17 carriages of the K859 service off the tracks and overturned in a mountainous area. One carriage was twisted and crushed on top of another.

All the surviving passengers had been rescued, said a spokesman with the rescue headquarters.

Most of the bodies had been recovered, although rescuers were still trying to get into the seriously mangled third carriage, which had been crushed, said the spokesman.

The Shanghai-Kunming railway line was closed after the accident.

More than 2,000 rescuers and four excavators were working at the site, trying to restore the line before dark, the spokesman said.

"Each carriage had 118 seats. It is not yet immediately known how many passengers were aboard," said a police officer surnamed Luo, from the Railway Bureau in Nanchang, capital of Jiangxi.

He said the bureau had called for four legal medical experts to the accident site to help identify the bodies.

"We are afraid the casualties could soon rise, as four of the derailed train cars were severely damaged," he said.

Xinhua reporters saw rescuers using cutting equipment to open an entrance into one of the derailed carriage. A locomotive had arrived to help remove the carriages.

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Editor: Fang Yang
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