Blast halts trains

China Daily (USA) - - FRONT PAGE - By ZHAO RUIXUE in Ji­nan zhaoruixue@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Fifty-two trains came to a stand­still on Tues­day morn­ing be­cause of an ex­plo­sion at a chem­i­cal ma­te­ri­als plant in Ji­nan.

Fifty-two trains came to a stand­still on Tues­day morn­ing due to an ex­plo­sion in Ji­nan, cap­i­tal of Shan­dong province, af­fect­ing about 2,000 pas­sen­gers at Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion.

An ex­plo­sion oc­curred at a plant, which is said to pro­duce chem­i­cal ma­te­ri­als, in Huaiyin dis­trict’s Fan­ji­azhuang vil­lage at about 9:30 am. A fire caused by the blast was put out within an hour and there were no re­ported ca­su­al­ties, Ji­nan Times re­ported.

Lo­cals said they heard loud explosions when the blast oc­curred.

The in­ci­dent af­fected the rail­way cir­cuit be­tween Ji­nan West Rai­ly­way Sta­tion and Dezhou East Rail­way Sta­tion — two sta­tions along the Bei­jing-Shang­hai high-speed rail­way — about 100 me­ters from the plant, ac­cord­ing to the city’s rail­way au­thor­i­ties.

Rail­way ser­vices were re­stored by noon, said Liang Zhaoyu, deputy sec­re­tary of the Bei­jing Rail­way Sta­tion’s Party com­mit­tee.

Hun­dreds of pas­sen­gers were al­sos­trande­datJi­nanWestRail­way Sta­tion in the af­ter­noon.

Liang said peo­ple who bought tick­ets and were af­fected by the in­ci­dent can get a full re­fund within 30 days.

Five ad­di­tional trains were put into ser­vice to help trans­port pas­sen­gers in the af­ter­noon, ac­cord­ing to the elec­tronic dis­play at Ji­nan West Rai­ly­way Sta­tion.

“The in­ci­dent se­verely dis­rupt­edmy sched­ule,” a pas­sen­ger, sur­namedWu, was quoted as say­ing by the Bei­jing News.

Wu got on a train at Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion, but after the train did not move for two hours, she alighted.

Wu was given a full re­fund after lin­ing up for an hour.

at Bei­jing South Rail­way Sta­tion were af­fected by the ac­ci­dent.

XU SUHUI / XIN­HUA

Fire­fight­ers at­tend the site of an ex­plo­sion that oc­curred at a plant in Ji­nan, Shan­dong province, on Tues­day. The in­ci­dent tem­po­rar­ily af­fected trains on a nearby rail­way cir­cuit.

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