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    China Bullet Train Derails

    Well, the news is going from bad to worse for China's vaunted bullet trains. I rode the one from Hangzhou to Shanghai a few months ago, despite hearing all the rumours of corruption and mismanagement. After last week's breakdown, I wasn't sure I would make that choice next time. Now this...

    Bullet train in China derails, cars fall off bridge - CNN.com


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    Rumor has it that it was rear-ended..

    Last edited by pizzalover; 23-07-2011 at 11:18 PM.

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    Hmm, not much information to be found. Were there any passengers on that train?


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    yes. it is a passenger train. 6 cars were derailed. 11 dead so far.
    The first train lost power due to lightning. Then came the second train.

    Quote Originally Posted by reprazent:
    Hmm, not much information to be found. Were there any passengers on that train?

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    one passenger on the train just confirmed that there two trains on weibo.com. wondering how many died

    Quote Originally Posted by pizzalover:
    yes. it is a passenger train. 6 cars were derailed. 11 dead so far.
    The first train lost power due to lightning. Then came the second train.
    Last edited by pizzalover; 23-07-2011 at 11:38 PM.

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    That is incredible. You would think they had a fail safe computer system for this.


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    >> That is incredible. You would think they had a fail safe computer system for this.

    Probably made in china too.


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    The Guardian: China train crash kills 32

    Another 200 people have been taken to hospital following the accident which occurred after the first train lost power due to a lightning strike and was then hit from the back by another bullet train following it, according to state television......The total power failure rendered useless an electronic safety system designed to warn following trains of stalled trains on the tracks and automatically halt them before a collision can occur.
    If there was a total power failure, why didn't the second train also stop?
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    I think people need to put it in perspective about train travel.

    Details of some of Europe's worst rail accidents in recent years.

    15 February 2010: Two trains collide head-on at Halle, south west of the Belgian capital, Brussels, with estimates of the death toll ranging from at least 10 to 25.
    29 June 2009: A total of 22 people are killed when a freight train carrying gas explodes and crashes into several homes in the Italian seaside town of Viareggio.
    21 February 2009: A train ploughs into a tourist coach on a level crossing near the town of Brezno in Slovakia, killing 11 people on the coach.
    8 August 2008: An express train hits a collapsed bridge in the Czech town of Studenka, killing seven people and injuring 70 more, near the north-east border with Poland.
    29 February 2008: Nine people die when fire sweeps through an overnight train after erupting in the Bulgarian town of Cherven Bryag.
    15 June 2007: Three people die in a head-on crash between cargo and passenger trains in between the towns of Bortigali and Birori in Sardinia.
    23 February 2007: One woman dies and 89 are hurt when a Virgin train derails in Cumbria, UK.
    4 January 2007: Seven die when a freight train smashes into a truck carrying farm workers at a railway crossing in Hatay province, Turkey.
    17 October 2006: Two people are reported killed and around 60 injured when two metro trains collide at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II station in Rome.
    11 October 2006: Six people die when a goods train and a passenger train collide in France just south of the border with Luxembourg.
    September 2006: A magnetic monorail train collides with a maintenance wagon, killing 23 people, during a test-run near the town of Lathen in Germany.
    August 2006: Six people are killed and at least 36 injured in a passenger train derailment in northern Spain.
    June 2006: At least 30 people are killed and a dozen hurt in a metro train crash in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia.
    January 2006: At least 39 people die and 135 are injured - many of them skiers - when a train plunges down a ravine after its brakes fail in Podgorica, Montenegro.


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    There is corruption and incompetence in every country and sometimes it causes deadly accidents. I bet if the same accident had happened in the US, a certain someone wouldn't have made a thread out of it...

    Train derailment sparks huge fire, evacuations - US news - Life - msnbc.com


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