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High-speed train crash leaves dozens dead - CHINA - FRANCE 24

AFP - At least 35 people were killed in a collision between two high-speed trains in eastern China, state media said Sunday, as the government ordered an "urgent" overhaul of national rail safety.

Another 210 people were wounded in the accident late Saturday, the worst to hit the country's rapidly expanding high-speed rail network since it first opened to passengers in 2007, the official Xinhua news agency said.

Two foreigners were among those killed when a train that lost power after being struck by lightning was hit by a second train, sending four carriages plunging from a viaduct and derailing another two, the report said.

There are three technical questions to answer here:

  1. A question of design: the lightning might have made the train invisible for the train control system, but was it not programmed for such a consistency?
  2. The train reportedly stopped for 25 minutes before being hit. Was there no means of communication with the train control centre, like a cell phone?
  3. Did no one in the train control centre notice for 25 minutes that one of the trains disappeared?

*Lunatic*, n.
One whose delusions are out of fashion.
by DoDo on Sun Jul 24th, 2011 at 04:08:21 PM EST
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