Train Derailment in China, 19 Known Dead
Train Derailment in China, 19 Known Dead

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In the early morning of May 23, a landslide in eastern China’s Jiangxi Province derailed a train while on its daily trip from Shanghai to Guilin City, a tourist attraction in southern China’s Guangxi Province.

Nineteen bodies have been found so far, and 71 people were injured. It is not known how many people were on board. The rescue and cleanup is still in progress.

The fifth storm of the month hit Jiangxi Province on the evening of May 20. After a large amount of rainfall fell in a short period of time, the water level of the Xi River increased sharply and caused a mountain slide.

Train K859, having already departed from Shanghai’s South Station, derailed at 2:10 a.m. at the section buried by the mountain slide, between Yujiang and Dongxiang on the Hukun Railway system. The accident caused transportation to shut down on several sections of the railway from Shanghai to southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

K859 has 17 coaches. The locomotive engine and the first nine coaches derailed, and part of the train was seriously deformed.

Rescuers check the twisted wreckage of a train that derailed in Dongxiang County, in eastern China's Jiangxi Province. The train was headed from Shanghai to the tourist city of Guilin. (AFP/Getty Images)
Rescuers check the twisted wreckage of a train that derailed in Dongxiang County, in eastern China's Jiangxi Province. The train was headed from Shanghai to the tourist city of Guilin. (AFP/Getty Images)
As of 9 a.m. on May 23, the rescue team had found 10 bodies. Injuries were mainly broken bones caused by crushing and concussion.

The director of General Surgery of Tanying City People’s Hospital, Ying Kongwen, says that Tanying People’s Hospital has accepted 17 injured. They were seriously injured and were sent to the hospital at 8 a.m. and are in stable condition. He said, “The department of surgery received 10 people, and orthopedics 5 or 6. There were also pregnant women who were sent to gynecology.”

The accident happened between steep mountains, making it hard for the rescue team. Currently 280 passengers have been transported to safety.

According to a Chinese weather report, from 8 p.m. on May 20 to 8 p.m. on May 23, the average rainfall in Jiangxi Province was 75.5 millimeters (3 inches). The storm hit 34 cities and counties with 15 cities and counties suffering the brunt of it. At least 1,460,000 people were affected by the disaster, and 44,600 people were relocated.

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