The latest: 1 dead, 127 injured after train derails in central China

Aerial photo taken on March 30, 2020 shows rescuers working on a derailed passenger train in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan Province.(Photo by Zhong Lei/Xinhua)

CHANGSHA, March 30 (Xinhua) –1 dead, 127 injured after train derails in central China

The Latest: (all times local)

— 15:23, March 30

One person was killed and 127 others injured after a train derailed in the city of Chenzhou in central China’s Hunan Province Monday, local authorities said.

The accident happened in Yongxing County at 11:40 a.m. when the train ran into a landslide, leaving five carriages derailed. The power generation car was caught on fire.

The fire has been put out and all of the injured have been sent to hospitals, with four in serious conditions, local authorities said.

The train, T179, was running from the city of Jinan, east China’s Shandong Province, to Guangzhou in south China’s Guangdong Province, according to China Railway Guangzhou Group Co., Ltd.

The interruption caused delays of 31 trains as of 1:30 p.m. The railway authorities have been adjusting routes to mitigate the impact.

— 15:30, March 30

A passenger train derailed in central China’s Hunan Province on Monday, injuring more than 20 people, local authorities said.

The accident happened in Yongxing County, Chenzhou City, 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, including three serious ones, have been sent to hospital. Rescue work and further investigation are underway.

— 14:57, March 30

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.

— 13:21 March 30

A train derailed in central China’s Hunan Province Monday, authorities said.

The passenger train derailed in Yongxing County, the city of Chenzhou around noon. Rescuers are rushing to the site.■