One person died and 127 were injured after a passenger train derailed in Chenzhou city of Central China’s Hunan province at about 11:40 am on Monday, People’s Daily reported, citing local government.
Four people were seriously injured and authorities are looking into the cause of the accident, the report said.
The train derailed after it ran into a landslide caused by days of rainfall, according to China Railway Guangzhou Group.
The second to sixth carriages of the train, T179, from Jinan, East China’s Shandong province to Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong province, derailed when fire broke out in the first carriage, the group, part of the China State Railway Group, the country’s top railway operator, said via its official Sina Weibo account.
Injured passengers and railway staff have been sent to hospitals, it added.
The group said in another Weibo post that the fire has been put out and railway authorities have arranged for passengers to take high-speed trains to their destinations.
The derailment happened on the Beijing-Guangzhou Railway, one of the busiest rail routes in the country. A total of 31 trains have been delayed and rerouted as of 1:30 pm, according to Xinhua News Agency.
A total of 28 fire trucks and 147 firefighters responded to the scene, according to the Ministry of Emergency Management.
Six people died after a company self-supply train carrying aluminum ore derailed in Central China’s Henan province in April last year.
The train, owned by a branch of the logistics subsidiary of Aluminum Corporation of China, hit a village house in the city of Gongyi, leaving four crew members and two farmers missing, according to the Gongyi Publicity Department. They were later found dead.