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Toddler found alive in rubble of China train crash

Last Updated: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 00:55

Beijing: A toddler was rescued about 21
hours after a crash involving two high-speed trains in eastern
China killed at least 43 people and injured more than 200
others, state media reported on Sunday.

Xinhua News Agency said the unconscious child was
found early Sunday evening while rescuers were clearing one of
the train cars just as the cleanup efforts were almost
completed. It cited an unnamed firefighter.

"When we found him, he could still move his hands,"
Xinhua quoted the firefighter as saying.

China Central Television first reported that the
toddler was a boy, but later said a 4-year-old girl.
The toddler was taken to the hospital and no other
details were provided.

A bullet train was travelling south from the Zhejiang
provincial capital of Hangzhou yesterday when it lost power in
a lightning strike and stalled, before being hit from behind
by the second train in Wenzhou city.

Eight more bodies were recovered today from damaged
train cars, bringing the death toll to 43, Xinhua said. Two
foreigners were among the dead but their nationalities were
unclear, said an official surnamed Wang in the Zhejiang
provincial emergency office. A total of 211 people were
injured, Xinhua said.

The first four cars of the moving train fell about 65
to 100 feet (20 to 30 metres) off the viaduct onto the ground
below. One carriage ended up in a vertical position, leaning
against the viaduct.


First Published: Monday, July 25, 2011 - 00:55
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