Passenger train derails in central China, no death reported so far

Rescuers try to extinguish the fire in the power generation car at the train derail site in Yongxing County, Chenzhou City, central China's Hubei Province, March 30, 2020. (Xinhua/Zhong Lei)

CHANGSHA/GUANGZHOU, March 30 (Xinhua) — A train derailed in central China’s Hunan Province on Monday, authorities said.

The passenger train derailed in Yongxing County, the city of Chenzhou, at 11:40 a.m. when the train was running from the city of Jinan, east China’s Shandong Province, to Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong Province, said China Railway Guangzhou Group Co., Ltd.

Preliminary investigation showed that the derail was caused by a landslide as a result of continuous rains in the past few days. The train driver took emergency braking measures after detecting the landslide, but the train still hit it, causing fire in the power generation car and the derail of five carriages.

No death has been reported so far. The injured passengers and crew members have been sent to hospital. Rescue work and further investigation are underway.