Rockslide derails freight train in China, one worker killed
One railway worker was killed and a freight train driver was seriously injured when the train derailed after being hit by falling mountain rocks on Sunday morning in southwest China's Sichuan Province, state media reported Sunday.
The train driver was hospitalized in critical condition, Xinhua news agency quoted an official of the Chengdu railway administration as saying, the dpa reported.
The accident happened at around 2:40 am on Sunday at the Jintang County, more than 80 kilometers northeast of Chengdu. The train's locomotive and following 10 cargo cars derailed, Xinhua said.
The official who declined to give his name said continuous rains in recent days had preceded the rock slide.
"But we have no idea if the rocks falling is related with the earthquake in Sichuan in May or its aftershocks," he said.
The accident led to the closure of the 386-kilometer railway section between Dazhou in northeast Sichuan and Chengdu, the provincial capital, Xinhua reported.