70 Killed in China Train Crash

Passenger train jumps tracks, slams into second train
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 28, 2008 6:12 AM CDT
Rescuers carry a woman from the site of a train collision in Zibo in east China's Shandong Province.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – At least 70 people were killed early today when a high-speed passenger train traveling from Beijing jumped the tracks and slammed into another train, AFP reports. Some 250 injured were pulled from the mangled wreckage in the city of Zibo in Shandong province. Officials discounted terrorism and blamed human error for the crash, the worst in China in a decade, but did not elaborate. Two railroad officials were fired shortly after the accident.