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26 July 2011

People in Wenzhou lined up over night to donate their blood for those who are injured in the train accident

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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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Pan Yiheng (潘一恒), one of the drivers on the bullet trains that slammed into one another

He is a hero. When he noticed his train was about to smash in a few moments into a train that appeared in the wrong place at the wrong time with a wrong traveling mode (It might not be the driver's fault somehow), instead of seeking his own salvation, he mounted a last-ditch attempt to save his passengers. He was found dead with his hands clutching the emergency brake lever that penetrated deep into his chest.

Had the emergency brake was not applied, the death toll could be dozens times higher.

A driver with 18 years of impeccable driving record, gave away his own life for his fellow citizens. He was only 38 and survived by his 7-year old daughter and his wife who is currently without a job.

So far about 40 people are confirmed dead with over 200 injured.

A Japanese News Reporter's Response to Human Tragedy

But not everyone thinks it's a sad incident. For some, especially those from a country that once celebrated for their killing of the millions in China and in other Asian nations, it's a time, once again, for rejoice.

A Japanese TV host could not contain her feeling of delight and exhilaration when talked about China's train accident and Chinese people's death.

It seems many Japanese still haven't learned what is the Rule of the Universe (天道-普宇价值). They'd batter to learn it quickly, otherwise they could be forced to learn, or be excluded from the game altogether.

(Compiled from various local reports)

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