Emergency workers battled overnight to rescue survivors from the mangled wreckage of two bullet trains involved in a high-speed collision on the mainland which left at least 35 dead and 210 injured. Xinhua News Agency said two foreigners were among those killed.
The high-speed service from Hangzhou to Wenzhou, in Zhejiang province, was rammed from behind in Wenzhou’s Shuangyu town, China National Radio said. The first train was said to have derailed and two of its carriages fell off a viaduct.
President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao called for “all-out efforts” to rescue injured passengers, Xinhua news agency said.
Railways Minister Sheng Guangzu, who was heading to the scene from Beijing, ordered an “in-depth investigation” into the accident.
The trains involved were “D” trains, first-generation bullet trains with an average speed of about 150 kilometres per hour and not as fast as those on the new high-speed Beijing-Shanghai line.