Why you need to be extra careful when travelling to China
More than 2,000 people have been killed in China in a stampede that began as a stampeder-train crash and escalated into a stampeding, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.
The deaths occurred on Friday and were the worst mass casualty stampede in China’s history.
The death toll in the crush that began on the day of the stampede stands at around 100, according to Xinhua.
The stampede began at a railway station in Nanjing, capital of the Henan province, which was the scene of the accident.”
The toll will be raised to 1,200 people when the accident investigation is completed,” it said.
The stampede began at a railway station in Nanjing, capital of the Henan province, which was the scene of the accident.
The train was stopped and several hundred people on the platform were forced to jump over the tracks, while hundreds of others were injured and died.
The incident was a first for China, and a rare incident in the world’s largest country, where a stamped train has been a frequent occurrence.
A spokesman for China’s railway ministry told Xinhua the incident was caused by “incidents of train operator negligence”, adding that it was unclear whether it was a stampedes fault or a malfunction of the track.
“This incident is not the fault of the railway operator, but of the system operators and the train driver,” he said.
More to come.