Chinese passenger train derailed by landslide debris

CHENZHOU: A passenger train derailed after striking debris from a landslide in central China on Monday (Mar 30), injuring a number of passengers and staff, officials said.

The accident happened around midday in a rural part of Hunan province and came after recent heavy rains triggered landslides in the area, the state-run railway system said.

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The statement said one car caught fire and five derailed.

An unspecified number of staff and passengers were sent to hospital for treatment.

There were no immediate reports of deaths.

Unverified video posted on Chinese social media sites showed at least three cars lying on their side and smoke rising from a fire in the distance.

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