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24 July 2011

Update: Bullet train collision in China claims 33 lives

Image: Chinese rescue workers carry an injured girl as they tend to victims of a train accident on Saturday.

Beijing (CNN) -- A high-speed bullet train collision in eastern China's Zhejiang province late Saturday left 33 people dead and nearly 200 injured, state-run news agency Xinhua reported.

Rescue operations continued Sunday.

Witnesses told China National Radio that a bullet train stopped on the tracks because of a power outage from a lightning strike.

Another bullet train traveling in the same direction rammed into the first train from behind and caused four of its cars to fall from an elevated bridge, the radio report said.

A rescue operation was under way. Some passengers told the radio network they had to smash windows and crawl out of the cars.

State media also reported 190 people were injured, but officials said some cars were severely twisted and it was hard to know how many people were still trapped inside.

The struck train was carrying 1,300 to 1,400 passengers, officials said.

- CNN