Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Survivors, rescuers recall bloody night after east China high-speed train derailment

Rescuers work at the accident scene in Wenzhou City of east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011, after a high-speed train smashed into a stalled train late Saturday. As of 9:30 a.m. (0100 GMT) Sunday, the death toll has risen to 35 and 210 others were injured. The accident occurred on a bridge near downtown Wenzhou when high-speed train D301 rear-ended D3115. Four carriages of D301 fell off the viaduct while two carriages of D3115 were derailed. (Xinhua/Guo Guangjie)
The elderly woman and her family survived a high-speed train derailment that occurred at 8:38 p.m. in the city of Wenzhou on Saturday. The accident has left at least 35 people dead and 210 others injured in east China's Zhejiang Province. When the accident occurred, the 62-year-old Feng, her husband and 14-year-old grandson were in the No. 4 carriage of high-speed train D301. The train she and her family were in rear-ended train D3115, which allegedly came to a stop on the tracks after being hit by lightning.

The first four carriages of D301 plunged off of an elevated bridge, while the last two coaches of D3115, No. 15 and No. 16, derailed without falling off of the bridge. "The lights suddenly went off. The carriage began shaking heavily and passengers were stumbling around," said Feng, who declined to give her full name.
"We didn't know what happened, but I instinctively shouted to my boy, 'Run! You run! It's okay if grandma dies'," Feng said.
Then, some passengers managed to break the carriage's window and we jumped out, she said. "We had no idea about the height, we just jumped."
Feng and the other passengers faced a fall of roughly 20 meters from the window to the ground.