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10 hurt as tourist train topples

TEN people were injured when a tourist train overturned in a forest on Chongming Island yesterday afternoon, the Shanghai Tourism Administration said.

The accident occurred in Dongping Forest Park in Chongming County at around 2:45pm. The injured included nine day-trippers and a tour guide from the park.

Officials said the three-carriage train, carrying more than 40 passengers, made a sudden turn which caused the rear carriage to topple off the track.

The passengers were part of a tour group of 199 employees from the Le Royal Meridien Shanghai hotel on an outing to the suburban island.

Claims were made that the driver had been traveling too fast.

The injured were all traveling in the rear carriage. Three suffered fractures and were sent to a nearby hospital, with one transferred to downtown Changzheng Hospital.

The remainder sustained slight injuries and were allowed to go home, according to the tourism bureau.

The park has suspended all of its tourist trains and the city's work safety bureau is now investigating the accident, officials said.

Dongping Forest Park will compensate the injured as all the tourists purchased insurance when buying admission tickets, officials said.

Although a county government official, surnamed Yang, insisted that the train driver was qualified for the job, a member of the public, claiming to be the wife of a passenger of the train, questioned the qualifications and told Shanghai Daily that the driver was responsible for what happened.

"My husband told me that the driver was in a rush so that he could finish work early," said the woman, who asked not to be named but claimed to be the wife of a passenger in another carriage.

"The driver made a sudden turn at high speed that made the rear carriage topple over," she claimed.

Following the accident, the city's tourism authority said it would carry out safety checks on equipment at local tourist attraction.


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