Shanghai subway train crash injures hundreds

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A Shanghai subway train crashed into another that had stopped underground between stations yesterday, injuring more than 210 people, in the latest trouble for the rapidly expanded transport system in China's commercial centre.

The crash occurred after Shanghai Shentong Metro Group blogged that line 10 – one of the newest – was having delays owing to equipment problems. At least 212 people were hurt, three seriously, the metro operator said. It said none had life-threatening injuries. Reports said problems with signalling equipment had prompted the line to switch to manual operations.

The trains were relatively crowded when they crashed. Photos posted online by passengers showed some of the injured covered in blood. Firemen helped to evacuate the approximately 500 passengers, taking them out through emergency exits and walking them through the subway tunnel.