Shanghai subway trains crash; dozens injured

By the Associated Press | September 27, 2011 | 5:45 AM EDT

Ambulances wait outside a station of the Subway Line 10 after subway collision in Shanghai, east China, Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2011. A subway train in China's commercial center of Shanghai has smashed into the back of another train, injuring dozens of people. (AP Photo/Xinhua, Fan Jun) NO SALES

SHANGHAI (AP) — A Shanghai subway train rear-ended another Tuesday, injuring more than 40 people in the latest trouble for the rapidly expanded transportation system in China's commercial center.

The crash on line 10, one of the city's newest subways, occurred after Shanghai Shentong Metro Group blogged that the line was having delays due to equipment problems.

Shanghai, a city of 23 million, has rapidly expanded its subway system in recent years and some lines have seen problems with faulty signaling, windows shattering, doors not opening properly and poorly trained train operators.

More than 40 people were hurt in the crash, but none had life-threatening injuries, Shanghai Shentong said. Local television reported more than 200 injuries, but that could not be confirmed.

Some of the injured were carried away by stretchers.

The accident snarled traffic downtown as police set up road blocks to clear the way for ambulances, and hundreds of gawkers gathered to watch as passengers were escorted out of the subway.