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High-speed train derailed due to landslide, many casualties

The accident happened at about 10:30 a.m. on June 4 (local time). High-speed train D2809 running from Guiyang, Guizhou Province to Guangzhou, Guangdong Province derailed while traveling through Guizhou province due to a landslide.

Video posted by Chinese media shows that the cockpit was severely damaged and crushed due to the impact. However, the rest of the train remained intact.

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Lifeguards evacuate passengers from the train. (Photo: Global Times)

China Central Television (CCTV) said all 136 passengers were evacuated from the ship after the accident. Authorities are also opening an investigation into the incident. The area where the train crashed was frequented by landslides due to heavy rain and degraded infrastructure.

China is currently the country with the largest high-speed rail network in the world with a total length of up to 40,000 km. This country has up to 5 high-speed railway lines, the 5th reaching a speed of 350km/h.

China Railways annually transports hundreds of millions of passengers, but this number has dropped sharply due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent years, fatal accidents have rarely occurred on China’s railway network. Before that, in 2011, a high-speed train accident occurred in Wenzhou city, killing about 40 people and injuring nearly 200 others.

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