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Train-blast case has late launch

A COUPLE severely injured during their honeymoon in a train blast 16 years ago have taken the Railway Bureau in Chengdu and Beijing to court, demanding 620,000 yuan (US$91,805) compensation.

The Chongqing Railway People's Court heard the case on Thursday and was told the couple didn't know they could seek legal compensation until recently, Chongqing Evening News reported yesterday.

The wife Yi Anrong, 41, is almost blind while the husband Chen Shuyou, 39, is half blind and totally deaf. "We didn't know how and why the blast happened until now," Yi was quoted as saying.

The couple took the train from Chongqing to Beijing for the honeymoon in 1993. The blast happened in the early morning of November 28 when they were asleep, the court was told.

When Yi came around, she was in a hospital for eye surgery and the couple were sent back to their hometown in Dianjiang County of Chongqing Municipality the next year, the report said.

The representative of Beijing Railway Bureau told the court on Thursday that a man caused the blast on the train. The man, carried dynamite and an electric detonator with him, rushed out from the toilet of the train, shouted he wanted to kill people and ignited the explosive.

The man and a passenger, 60, died at the scene. The train was in Hebei Province when the blast happened.

According to the representative, the couple stood up from their seats on hearing the shouts and were injured.

Yi was appraised as Disability Grade I, the most severe one of 10 grades while Chen was Grade II.

They lost almost all working ability after the blast and lived under the support of Chen's old parents and relatives. They have two sons.

Chen was a decoration worker while Yi worked in a hotpot restaurant before the accident. They planned to work in Beijing after the honeymoon to earn enough money to open a restaurant in Chongqing.

The court was shown a contract the couple signed in 1994, which indicated they received nearly 40,000 yuan compensation and agreed to no further demands.

The couple told the court they were forced to sign the agreement at that time.


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