China: 21 railway workers killed in road accident

An initial investigation shows that the accident may have been caused by a brake failure.

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2011, 18:09 PM IST

Beijing: At least 21 railway workers were
killed and seven others injured when a vehicle they were
travelling in overturned early on Saturday in northwest China.

The vehicle overturned near a mountain tunnel at the
Manwa township in Lintao county of Gansu province, the
provincial work safety administration announced in a
statement.

It was unclear how many workers were in the vehicle when
it overturned.

The tunnel was under construction as part of an ongoing
railway project.

An initial investigation shows that the accident may
have been caused by a brake failure, Xinhua news agency
reported.

China has invested heavily on railway infrastructure to
connect the vast country during years of strong economic
growth.

But authorities recently suspended new rail projects
after a collision between two high-speed trains in July killed
40 people.

PTI