33 dead after Chinese bullet train smash

Emergency workers are battling to rescue survivors from the mangled wreckage of two Chinese bullet trains involved in a high-speed collision which left 33 dead and nearly 200 injured, reports said.

The first train had been halted by a lightning strike and was rear-ended by the second, state media said, causing two carriages to fall off a viaduct in a disaster likely to raise fresh questions over the safety of China’s rapid rail expansion.

Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao called for ‘all-out efforts’ to rescue injured passengers, the official Xinhua news agency said.

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