Driver killed, seven passengers injured as high-speed train derails in China | World News

The bullet train D2809 was traveling from China’s southwest Guyang province to southern Guangzhou province when the two wagons derailed due to a sudden mudslide at Rongjiang station, the state-run China Daily reported.

A high-speed train derailed Saturday in a mudslide in southwestern China’s Guizhou province, killing its driver and injuring at least seven passengers.

The bullet train D2809 was traveling from China’s southwest Guyang province to southern Guangzhou province when the two wagons derailed due to a sudden mudslide at Rongjiang station, the state-run China Daily reported.

The train driver was killed, the report quoted state-run CCTV news.

“Two carriages of the D2809, a high-speed train from Guiyang, SW China’s Guizhou, to Guangzhou, Z China, derailed at a station in Guizhou at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday as a result of a mudslide. The driver of the train died 7 passengers suffered non-life-threatening injuries,” the Global Times reported.

The train’s 7th and 8th carriages derailed at the entrance to the Yuezhai tunnel.

All injured passengers were taken to a local hospital and the other 136 passengers were rescued. On-site rescue efforts are underway and the cause of the accident is under investigation.

Located in Rongjiang Province in Guizhou, Rongjiang Station is a third-class station operated by the Chengdu Bureau of China Railway. Construction of the station began in December 2013 and was commissioned in August 2014. The station was officially inaugurated on December 26, 2014, the report said.

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