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Passenger Trains Collide in China

A passenger train heading to Qingdao city in eastern China derailed early Monday morning, colliding with another train, reported the Xinhua News Agency.

The collision, which happened at 4:43 a.m., killed at least 66 people and left 247 injured. The accident happened in the city of Zibo in Shandong Province, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

The train headed to Qingdao city derailed going around a bend and slammed into the other train, derailing it as well. The collision threw at least 10 cars from the train into the ditch, according to witnesses. (New York Times)

"I suddenly woke up when I felt the train stopped with a jolt. In a minute or two it started off again, but soon toppled," said one passenger who managed to escape the collision unscathed. (BBC News)

This most recent accident is the part of a long line or train accidents in China, which has one of the world's most heavily used rail systems, according to the New York Times.

Last September on the very same line there was collision of two trains, but no one was killed. In January a train killed 18 track workers when it hit them while traveling 75 mph in the dark, according to the New York Times.