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High-speed 'bullet train' derails in China causing two carriages to fall from bridge

Eleven people were killed and 89 others injured when a high-speed 'bullet' train lost power and was hit by another train today.
Two of the bullet train's carriages plunged off a bridge after the crash.
The official Xinhua New Agency said four carriages on the second train also derailed but it did not say how serious that was.
The accident happened in Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province about 8:30pm (12.30 GMT).
Rescue personnel are rushing to the scene, the state news agency reports, but that details on casualties are not known.

Rescue workers desperately try to free passengers from the wreckage of train after two carriages from a high-speed train derailed and fell off a bridge in Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang province. The country has spent billions on constructing its high-speed rail network.

Pictures show one carriage on the ground and another standing on its end and leaning against the bridge.
The Xinhua new agency did not say what caused the accident.
China has spent billions and plans more massive spending to link the country with a high-speed rail network. Recently, power cuts and other malfunctions have plagued the showcase new high-speed line between Beijing and Shanghai since it opened last month.
The train which crashed was a 'D' train, the first generation bullet train with an average speed of about 95mph and not as fast at the Beijing-Shanghai line which opened on June 30.


Official plans call for China's bullet train network to expand to 8,000 miles of track this year and 10,000 miles by 2020.
The huge spending connected with the rail expansion also has been blamed for corruption, and Railways Minister Liu Zhijun was dismissed this spring amid an investigation intounspecified corruption allegations.
No details have been released about the allegations against him, but news reports say they include kickbacks, bribes, illegal contracts and sexual liaisons.

Added: Jul-23-2011 Occurred On: Jul-23-2011
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