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Train collision injures 2 dozen in northeast China

(AP) BEIJING - Two passenger trains collided at a railway station in northeast China, injuring at least 24 people, state media said Friday.

The trains collided Thursday evening at the Jiamusi railway station in Heilongjiang province, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. Station officials reached by phone said they had no information. Officials at the Jiamusi Communist Party Propaganda office said they had not heard about the collision.

Xinhua cited a railway spokesman in the provincial capital as saying most of the injured were preparing to get off a train when the other train collided with it, causing them to fall.

Most of the injuries were slight and five people were under medical observation, Xinhua said, adding that an investigation was under way.

Elsewhere in Heilongjiang, three trucks plunged into a river after a bridge collapsed early Friday, killing three people, Xinhua reported.

Train and road accidents are relatively common in China due to lax safety and maintenance procedures.

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