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Three killed, 60 injured in China train collision
Published on: 2009-06-29
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BEIJING: At least three people were killed and over 60 injured when two passenger trains collided early Monday in central China, a local government official said.

The accident happened at 2:34 am (1834 GMT Sunday) at the railway station in Chenzhou city, Hunan province, an official at the provincial work safety bureau, who refused to be named, told AFP.

Seven carriages were derailed in the collision between the two trains, which were both headed for the city of Shenzhen just north of Hong Kong, according to a report by the official Xinhua news agency.

Two neighbouring houses collapsed when one of the trains crashed into them, the agency added.

"Part of the railway station has been sealed off, and the cause of the accident is being investigated," the official said.

Thousands of passengers were stranded at the station as a result of the accident, and over 50 buses had been dispatched to transport some of them to their destinations, according to the news report.

Services on one side of the line started again late Monday morning, but the other side was still blocked.

The agency said Railway Minister Liu Zhijun had gone to Chenzhou to oversee rescue work.
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