Bullet Train Derailed By Lightning

A toddler has been found alive in the wreckage of a train crash in China 21 hours after the high-speed collision that killed at least 36 people.

Doctors say the two-year-old girl is in intensive care in hospital and may need to have her left leg amputated, state media reported.

Xiang Weiyi was travelling with her parents on Saturday when their bullet train suddenly stopped and was ploughed into by a high-speed service following behind.

Her parents are presumed to have died in the collision which authorities confirmed had killed at least 36 people and injured 192 more.

Twelve of the wounded are reportedly in a critical condition in hospital.

But police fear the death toll will rise as search and rescue workers continue to scour the wreck on the outskirts of the eastern Chinese city of Wenzhou for survivors.

The express train was travelling from the regional capital Hangzhou to Wenzhou when it apparently lost power and stopped on the tracks after being struck by lightning.

It was then hit by a second train following behind, sending four carriages ploughing off a bridge in what has been dubbed China’s worst rail accident since 2008.

China has ordered an urgent overhaul of rail safety nationwide following the accident.

On Sunday, the government reacted by sacking head of the Shanghai railway bureau, his deputy and the bureau’s Communist Party chief, the Railways Ministry said in a statement on its website.

The accident comes less than a month after the country opened a new high-speed rail link between Beijing and Shanghai.

The new line, which cost more than £20bn to build, has been plagued with problems including delays and power outages.

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