Train Derails in Southeast China, Third in Three Months
What’s new: A train traveling between Guangzhou and Chongqing derailed on Sunday, but there were no reports of injuries.
The accident involving train D1862 occurred around 8:30 a.m. on a section of track between Huaiji county in Guangdong and the city of Hezhou in Guangxi. It occurred after several days of heavy rain, and may have been caused by a landslide onto the track.
Why should we care: The accident is the third such derailment for China’s train operator in the last three months.
On March 30, a train traveling from Jinan to the southern metropolis of Guangzhou also derailed in mountainous Hunan province, also due to a landslide, leaving one dead and four severely injured. Another derailment occurred on April 12 on a train traveling from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region to Hebei province.
Such accidents are relatively uncommon in China but spotlight the country’s heavy dependence on rail travel, including aboard its state-of-the-art high-speed rail network.
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