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33 killed in bullet train crash; 200 injured

world Updated: Jul 24, 2011 09:14 IST

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The death toll in China's Saturday night bullet train crash has risen to 33 with about 200 injured.

The accident took place at China's Zhejiang Province, when a high speed train rammed into a stationary train which was stuck on the tracks following power failure due to lightening. Several carriages of both the trains fell off the bridge while others got derailed.

At least 33 people were killed and over 190 injured in the crash official media reports here said.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao called for all-out efforts to rescue passengers and ordered to make rescue work a priority, an official statement said.

The latest probe result released early this morning by Zhejiang provincial government said the accident occurred at 8:27 PM yesterday at the section of Shuangyu Town in Wenzhou City, when high-speed train D301 crashed into another bullet train D3115.

Four coaches of D301 fell off the viaduct as a result.

Mayor of the Wenzhou City, Zhao Yide told state run Xinhua that there were more than 1,400 passengers on the two trains, and the uninjured had been transported by buses.

"Searches are underway and we won't allow a single sign of life to slip away," said Zhao.

Two coaches fallen onto the ground were overlapping off the bridge which needed cranes and cutting machines.

The accident occurred after high-speed train D3115 was hit by lightning and lost power and then hit from the rear by another bullet train D301.

The high-speed train D3115 was running from provincial capital Hangzhou to the southeastern city of Fuzhou, and the other bullet train D301 which crashed into it travelled from Beijing to Fuzhou.