Train driver killed in high-speed rail accident in China | The Guardian Nigeria News

A high-speed train driver was killed and several passengers injured after a train derailed in southwest China’s Guizhou Province on Saturday, state media reported.

The train, which was en route to Guangdong province, derailed after hitting debris on the tracks near a tunnel, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

Video footage released by several Chinese media outlets showed severe damage to the driver’s car, which was pulverized by the impact while the rest of the train remained largely intact.

A train driver and seven passengers were injured and sent to hospital, CCTV said, adding that “their lives were not in danger”.

“The driver of the train has sadly passed away,” CCTV said.

Chinese media footage showed confused passengers and children screaming in one of the carriages after the crash, with food and personal effects strewn across the floor of the otherwise undamaged car.

“Oh my God, what happened?” a man can be heard saying in English in the footage.

CCTV said all passengers had been evacuated from the train and “an investigation was underway into the cause of the accident”.

In recent years, fatal accidents have been rare on China’s rail network, which is the world’s largest high-speed transportation system.

But in 2017, twelve workers died in an explosion during the construction of a high-speed rail tunnel in Guizhou.

And a high-speed accident in the eastern city of Wenzhou, near Shanghai, killed around 40 people in 2011, prompting accusations that authorities compromised safety in their rush to expand the network.

Jose P. Rogers