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18 mowed down by speeding train in China

A high-speed train has mowed down a group of railway workers in east China's Shandong province, killing at least 18 and wounding nine.

world Updated: Jan 26, 2008 14:45 IST
Xinhua

A high-speed train has mowed down a group of railway workers in east China's Shandong province, killing at least 18 and wounding nine, the railway ministry said on Friday quoting a delayed report.

The accident occurred on Wednesday evening when the workers were relocating the tracks at the work site in Anqiu city of Shandong province.

The injured had been hospitalised and were in a stable condition.

The railway service has been resumed on the route after a brief suspension, officials said.

The railway track adjustment was planned to be carried out from 10.00 pm on Wednesday up to 1.30 am on Thursday.
The trains were asked to slow down their speed to 45 km per hour from 9.00 pm while passing the stretch.

However, the workers from the China Railway 16th Group Co Ltd, entered the work site ahead of schedule at 8.40 pm on Wednesday.

The train was on its way from Beijing to Qingdao. It was running at more than 120 km per hour at the time of the incident, according to officials.