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article imageHundreds injured in Shanghai train accident

By Kev Hedges     Sep 27, 2011 in World
Hundreds of people have been injured in Shanghai when one train slammed into the back of another at a busy subway line in the Chinese city.
Reports from state-run media are saying some 271 people are injured following the collision on Tuesday afternoon on the Shanghai Metro system. Equipment failure is believed to be responsible for the accident on the sprawling transit line and will certainly cast scrutiny on China's safety record on its fast-developing infrastructure.
There were no deaths reported but the government did say around 20 were seriously injured. The rear-end collision took place around 1500 local time at the Laoximen metro stop on Line 10. Initial reports suggest the collision took place at Yuyuan Gardens Station, reports China Digital Times.
The accident comes just two months after another accident on the network which killed 40 people with another 200 injured. Rumour has it on Twitter that Tuesday's collision and the deadly July 23 accident in the eastern city of Wenzhou were both down to Shanghai CASCO Signal failures.
Since the Wenzhou accident the government had slowed trains down and thoroughly reviewed safety measures, reports the New York Times.
The unprecedented pace of infrastructure building in China has led some to believe safety measures are being overlooked in a race to build roads and provide rail systems for an ever-growing economic boom in the nation.
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