China: 284 injured in metro system’s “darkest day”

Manic, uncoordinated and corrupt railway development plans need to be immediately and thoroughly checked and reconstructed under public and democratic control

The double train collision on Shanghai’s subway system on Tuesday 27 September, left 284 people injured and 95 hospitalised. A slow-running train crashed into the rear of a waiting train at Laoximen station, apparently due to a power cut which caused a failure of the signal system. Trapped passengers, who waited one hour to be rescued, told of people bleeding, injured and crying for help.

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