Two coaches of a bullet train derail in SW China due to mudslide; driver died
Two coaches of D2809, a bullet train from Guiyang, Southwest China’s Guizhou Province, to Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province, derailed at a tunnel entrance of Rongjiang station in Guizhou due to a mudslide that intruded into the rail track at 10:30 am on Saturday, leading to the death of the driver.
One car attendant and seven passengers sustained non-life threatening injuries, and have received proper treatment, said a post on the official Weibo account of Southwest Railway, owned by the Chengdu Bureau of China Railway.
The 7th and 8th coaches of the train derailed at Yuezhai tunnel entrance. According to videos posted online by passengers, the train had emergently braked when the accident happened, and passengers felt huge impacts. Electricity at the train was cut off after the accident.
All injured people were sent to the local hospital, and the other 136 passengers have been transferred and excavated. The on-site rescue work is in full swing, and the cause of the accident is under investigation.
The local firefighter rescue team has sent 11 vehicles with 52 personnel to the site for rescue work in the first time, according to a post on the official Weibo account of Guizhou Firefight.
Rongjiang station is located at Guizhou’s Rongjiang county, and is a third-class station managed by the Chengdu Bureau of China Railway. Construction of the station began in December 2013, and was put into trial operation in August 2014. The station officially began service on December 26, 2014, the China Infrastructure News reported.