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Passenger train derailed in NE China
Updated: 2004-11-20 10:37

A Beijing bound passenger train carrying more than 1,000 passengers was derailed Friday night in Harbin, capital of northeast China's Heilongjiang Province, but no death was reported.

Railway authorities in Harbin said no casualty was reported among the passengers, but a witness said at least two train attendants were sent to hospitals for emergency treatment.

The K340 passenger train was en route from Jiamusi city in Heilongjiang Province to Beijing when its engine, a baggage car and a passenger compartment were derailed at 10:32 p.m., after the train was hit on the side by a cargo train that had deviated from its own rail route.

Following the accident railway authorities in Harbin organized emergent rescue work, including repairs on the distorted railroad, resumption of communication and replacement of the damaged engine and compartments.

The train set off from Harbin again at 1:16 am Saturday, two hours and 44 minutes behind schedule.

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