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Bullet train collision in China claims 35 lives

By the CNN Wire Staff
Chinese rescue workers carry an injured girl as they tend to victims of a train accident on Saturday.
Chinese rescue workers carry an injured girl as they tend to victims of a train accident on Saturday.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: About 210 are injured
  • Rescue operations continue
  • The accident was in eastern China
  • Some passengers had to break windows to get out

Beijing (CNN) -- A high-speed bullet train collision in eastern China's Zhejiang province left 35 people dead and 210 injured, state-run news agency Xinhua reported Sunday.

Witnesses told China National Radio that a bullet train stopped on the tracks Saturday because of a power outage from a lightning strike.

Another bullet train traveling in the same direction rammed into the first train from behind and caused four of its cars to fall from an elevated bridge, the radio report said.

A rescue operation was under way. Some passengers told the radio network they had to smash windows and crawl out of the cars. Officials said some cars were severely twisted and it was hard to know how many people were still trapped inside.

The struck train was carrying 1,300 to 1,400 passengers, officials said.

 
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