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Brake failure blamed for train crash

YESTERDAY'S fatal train crash in Chenzhou city, Hunan Province, that left three people head and 63 injured, was caused by brake failure, reported today.

A train from provincial capital Changsha heading to the southern city of Shenzhen in Guangdong Province failed to stop at Chenzhou station and collided with another Shenzhen-bound train early yesterday, Sun Jing, vice general manager of Guangzhou Railway Group, which operates the station and the trains, said in a report to the State Administration of Work Safety early this morning.

The pre-dawn crash left one resident and two passengers dead and 63 others injured, six of whom are critical, after two engines and seven carriages were derailed, according to Sun.

The K9017 train driven by Huang Shaomu crashed over a rail switch at 55 kilometers per hour at 2:31am in Chenzhou Railway Station after its brakes failed and collided with the K9063 train setting out from the station. Two passengers died on the trains and another person died in one of the neighboring houses that were damaged.

An investigative team has been set up, Chen Lanhua, director of safety supervision department of Railways Ministry, said in the meeting early this morning.

Railways Minister Liu Zhijun went to Chenzhou to oversee the rescue work yesterday.

Rail services in both directions on the line had resumed by 2:30pm yesterday.


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