Train carrying nearly 700 people derails in China

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    The train was carrying 654 passengers  today when it hit the landslide debris blocking the tracks, railway officials said.

    The driver had seen the mud avalanche and slammed on the brakes but failed to stop the train in time .

    Officials said the generator car burst into flames and five carriages behind it derailed and toppled sideways.

    The accident took place around noon in the county of Yongxing in Chenzhou, southern China’s Hunan Province, China Railway Guangzhou Group announced.

    An on-board railway police officer was pronounced dead by paramedics following failed rescue efforts. Five other railway workers sustained minor injuries.

    Four passengers were heavily wounded and 118 others were slightly wounded, the post added.

    All of the injured people were taken to the hospital.

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