Two Shanghai subway trains collide, 200 hurt

Reuters News
Posted: Sep 27, 2011 5:39 AM
Two Shanghai subway trains collide, 200 hurt

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Two subway trains collided in Shanghai on Tuesday, injuring over 200 passengers, official media reported.

The Shanghai Metro said on the Weibo microblogging site that one of its trains suffered equipment failure at 2:10 p.m. local time (2:10 a.m. EDT), which then led station officers to manually direct approaching trains.

The collision occurred near the Yu Yuan station in central Shanghai at 2:51 p.m., according to online statements posted by the Shanghai Metro on its verified Weibo account.

Eastday.com, Shanghai government's official news portal, cited a state television broadcaster as saying there were over 200 passengers with injuries.

Medics were seen carrying injured passengers out of the station.

Shen Jun, 23, who was in the first coach of the train that collided, said "blood was everywhere."

"Many people were hurt. Look at the blood on me, on my arm," pointing at patches of blood on his shirt.

In July, 40 people were killed after two bullet trains crashed in Wenzhou in eastern China, triggering public fury and raising question marks over technology promoted as a symbol of the nation's growing prowess.

(Reporting by Shanghai bureau; Writing by Fayen Wong and Kazunori Takada; Editing by Sanjeev Miglani)