Eighteen railway workers were killed and another nine injured when a high-speed train ran into them, China’s work safety watchdog said today.
The accident happened on Wednesday night when the group was working on railway tracks near Anqiu city in eastern Shandong province, the State Administration of Work Safety said.
The official Xinhua News Agency said the work was scheduled to start at 10pm and that trains had been told to slow to 28 mph from 9pm.
However, the workers entered the area at 8.40pm and were hit by the train travelling at more than 75 mph, it said.
The passenger train was travelling from Beijing to the port city of Qingdao in Shandong.
The workers were from the China Railway 16th Group.