China Bullet Train Crash Kills 32

It loses power after lightning strike
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 23, 2011 1:00 PM CDT
Emergency workers work to help passengers from the wreckage of train in east China's Zhejiang province Saturday.   (STR)
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(Newser) – A Chinese bullet train crashed into another high-speed train that had stalled after being struck by lightning today in eastern China, causing four carriages to fall off a viaduct and killing at least 32 people and injuring 191 others, state media reported. The first train was traveling from the Zhejiang provincial capital of Hangzhou when the accident occurred in Wenzhou city, reported Xinhua. The cars plunged at least 65 feet.

The trains involved are "D" trains, the first-generation bullet train with an average speed of about 95 miles per hour, not as fast as the new Beijing-Shanghai line. China has spent billions of dollars and plans more massive spending to link the country with a high-speed rail network.

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