Two passenger trains are seen at the site of a collision in Chenzhou, central China's Hunan province, in this photo taken on June 29, 2009. [Xinhua]
Three people died and around 60 were injured in a train collision at about 2:40 am Monday in Chenzhou, Hunan province, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Xinhua quoted sources at Guangzhou Railway Group, which oversees the railway network in three southern provinces of Guangdong, Hunan and Hainan, as saying that a train running from Changsha to Shenzhen smash into another train, which also headed for Shenzhen of Guangdong province, causing around 17 cars of both trains derailed.
The identities of the victims were not immediately known and the injured people were hospitalized at local hospitals. The reason of the collision is also under investigation.
Minister of Railway Liu Zhijun has led a rescue and investigation team to the site, Xinhua reported. Liu just got a demerit punishment one month ago for a train crash accident last year in Shandong province, in which 72 people died.
Local media said the traffic of the Beijing-Guangzhou railway, the north-south railway backbone in China, was not interrupted.