Two passenger trains collided in eastern China’s Shandong province Monday morning, killing at least 70 and injuring 420, the Xinhua said.
CCTV, China’s state television station, said four French citizens were among the injured.
One train on its way from Beijing to Qingdao, a city in eastern China, derailed and crashed into a train which was traveling from the Shandong city of Yantai to Xuzhou in the eastern Jiangsu Province, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua news agency.
The wreck happened in the city of Zibo in Shandong Province at 4:43 a.m., the report said. Xinhua said the collision was the deadliest train accident in the country since 1997.
"It [the train] toppled 90 degrees to one side and then all the way to the other side," a passenger named Zhang was quoted in Xinhua. "When it finally went off the tracks, many people fell on me and hot water poured out of their thermos flasks."
Xinhua said investigators had ruled out terrorism as a cause of the crash. Its English report said it was human error, while its Chinese-language report attributed the crash to negligence. Human error was to blame for China’s worst train accident in more than a decade, China’s official news agency reported.
Additionally, one of the trains was traveling over its speed limit, Chinese authorities were quoted as saying in the official Xinhua News Agency.
I didn’t mean to put up this news here. After all, it’s not good news. It’s a piece of totally sad news.
Actually, I read this accident firstly from BBC. This afternoon, I was watching TV programs of BBC World channel. Suddenly, a piece of news titled China Train Crash came into my eyes. I couldn’t believe my eyes at that moment. But when I watched the screen seriously, I found it’s a fact. It really happened!
"Unbelievable! How could it happen?" I asked myself.
Luckily, and to my surprise, China’s official media reported this accident in time. They didn’t "conceal" those deaths and injures.
Someone or some one must be responsible for the accident. They may lose their positions. Or some may even be sent into jail. But who could really be responsible to people who were dead from the crash? Who could save their lives?
They lost their lives just because of this crash. Their families lost them just because of this crash.
What exactly resulted in this crash? Are human error and overspeed enough?
P.S. Trains are the most popular way to travel in China. The nation’s rail network carried 1.36 billion passengers last year, according to The Associated Press. While accidents are rare, the government is trying to extend and upgrade the state-run rail network and introduce more high-speed trains.
Update — The railway reopened to traffic at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday morning after more than 20 hours of interruption caused by the crash.