Reporting from Beijing — At least 35 people were killed and scores were injured Saturday when a bullet train in eastern China lost power after being struck by lightning and was rear-ended by another train, state news media reported.
The crash sent two passenger cars careening off an elevated track in Wenzhou, a city in Zhejiang province.
State television showed video of rescue workers in a steady downpour pulling bloodied passengers out of a car standing on its end and leaning against a bridge.
Six cars were derailed in the two trains, one of which originated in Beijing and the other in Hangzhou, state media reported.
The collision is the first major incident in China's massive high-speed rail network, set to reach 10,000 miles by 2020.
The newest line in that network, a Beijing-Shanghai corridor, has been beset by electrical glitches in recent weeks because of poor weather, officials said.