1 killed, 127 hurt in train derail in Hunan, track repair work underway

EYEAFRICA TV: Yongxing County, Chenzhou City, Hunan Province, Central China: One person died and 127 were injured after a passenger train derailed in Chenzhou, Hunan province, at around 11:40 am on Monday, the Chenzhou government said.

Authorities are looking into the cause of the accident, it said. An initial investigation showed that the train derailed after it ran into a landslide caused by days of rainfall, according to the China Railway Guangzhou Group.

The group – part of the China State Railway Group, the country’s top railway operator – said on its Sina Weibo account that the second to sixth carriages of the train, which was on the way from Jinan, Shandong province, to Guangzhou, Guangdong province, derailed while a fire broke out in the first carriage. The fire was put out, the group added.

The 127 people who were injured included passengers and railway staff. Four of them were seriously hurt. They have all been hospitalized, the group said.

The group said in another post that the railway authorities have arranged for other passengers to take high-speed trains to their destination.

The derailment happened on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, one of the busiest rail routes in the country. Thirty-one trains were delayed and rerouted by 1:30 pm on Monday, according to Xinhua News Agency.

Twenty-eight fire trucks, about 20 engineering vehicles and over 1,000 rescuers and workers were sent to take part in the rescue efforts and for the track’s recovery work, the Ministry of Emergency Management said.

The length of the damaged track reaches over 380 meters. Local public works department has ordered 450 meters rails and 1,600 sleepers delivered to the site. The track repair work will start once the scene is cleaned up.

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