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Death toll from China train collision rises to 32.

WENZHOU, China, July 24 Kyodo

The death toll following a collision of two bullet trains in east China's Zhejiang Province has risen to 32, with the number of injured nearing 200, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sunday.

China's Railways Ministry sent rescue and fact-finding teams to the site where the No. D3115 bullet train derailed in Wenzhou after being rear-ended by another high-speed train, in an incident which suggests a faulty collision avoidance system.

China Central Television reported overnight operations to rescue passengers trapped inside coaches including those in two cars which fell off a bridge and efforts by nearby hospitals to secure blood for transfusions.

Xinhua said the No. D3115 train, traveling from the provincial capital Hangzhou in northwest Zhejiang to the coastal city of Wenzhou in the province's southwest, derailed at the section of Shuangyu Town in Wenzhou around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The accident occurred after the train was hit by lightning and lost power, and was then rear-ended by another bullet train, the report said.

The trains involved in the latest collision accident appear to be a different type than the CRH380A series used in China's new bullet train service linking Beijing and Shanghai which was inaugurated last month.
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Date:Jul 25, 2011
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