BEIJING - A high-speed passenger train jumped its tracks and slammed into another train in eastern China on Monday, killing at least 70 people and injuring more than 400. Authorities were quoted as saying human error was to blame.
The death toll could rise, with 70 people hospitalized in critical condition after the pre-dawn crash in a rural part of Shandong province, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
It said a total of 420 people had been hurt in China's worst train accident in a decade. No foreigners were among the dead.
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, without giving other details.
Xinhua said two high-ranking railway officials in Shandong had been fired.
The crash just before the May Day long weekend holiday ha
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