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Saturday evening at 8:27pm, the sky was dark
and the heavy rain pelted down. A short message was posted
on weibo (China's version of twitter) by a Chinese man self-identified
as Smm_苗 living at a village in Wenshou, Zhejiang Province,
in China's eastern coastal area: "What's going on with
this bullet train?? It moves slower than snail's pace ……
pray no untoward incident will happen to the train …"
11 minutes late, an untoward occurrence occurred,
not only to the train, but to two trains. Six carriages derailed
and fell to a vegetable field from the bridge in collision.
At that moment, the earth shuddered. And the
villagers in Shuang'ao Village (双岙村) who own the vegetable
field felt the tremor and promptly rushed into the darkness
and through the rain to the crash site.
They quickly organized
into several rescue teams: Some dug through the
tangled wreckage to search for survivors, some transported
the passengers to the safety, and others drove the injured
to hospital. A 17-year old village boy pulled 7 passengers
out of the ruined carriages, and another villager entered
the dangerous wreckage 7 times to rescue the victims.
"The first group of patients arrived here
by all sorts of transportations: minibus, truck, taxi and
farm vehicles," said a duty nurse at Kangning hospital.
But the victims were not staying in the dangerous
zone waiting for the saviour to appear (like what was the
case after Japanese
earthquake & tsunami on 11 March this year -
the first disaster survivor was carried out by a Chinese
businessman whose crew was the first foreign private rescue
team arrived in Japan). They did all they could to free themselves
and help each other to get free.
A granny with her 4-year old grandson was on
her way to visit her son in Fuzhou when the accident occurred.
Later she said at the time she felt she was falling down
an elevator shaft. In the pitch darkness and in panic she
held her grandson tight when she heard someone knocking on
the window next to her. Standing on the other side was a
young man who got some cuts in his hand when squeezing out
of the wreckage. And he shouted at her: Don't be afraid.
I'm coming to get you out.
Are you okay with your hand? The granny asked.
I'm fine. Just, my grandma is stuck inside
and I'm unable to move her out at the moment. Let me pull
you two out first.
Rescuers entered the wreckage to search for survivors.
A crane lifted
the damaged carriage off the bridge.
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