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Toddler Pulled From Wreckage Hours After Deadly Chinese Train Crash

Two-year-old Xiang Weiyi is in stable condition, after she was discovered in the steel rubble of two bullet trains that collided Saturday night south of the eastern city of Shanghai. Weiyi had lain in the rubble for about 21 hours until she was found. As USA Today reports, authorities say a power failure triggered by lightning caused one train to stall; the second train then plowed into the back of the first, causing it to partially derail off a bridge. There's no word on whether or if the second train had a working warning mechanism.

There's also no word of data recorders. Instead, Chinese officials hastily demolished the wreckage, fired government officials in charge of the rail line and installed new officials to take their places. Reuters reports Chinese bloggers were outraged with at least one of the new officials, alleging he'd previously been demoted for his role in a 2008 train crash that killed 72 people.

Reuters also notes China has ordered its media not to look into the cause of the crash and warned them the government's word about the deadly incident is above all. China's Xinhua news is covering the incident but there've been conflicting death tolls. MSNBC's Behind the Wall blog is tracking outraged Chinese bloggers, some of whom are suspicious of China's technical prowess.

Just this month, China debuted its new bullet train line, running between Shanghai and Beijing. Authorities may be worried about investors in the country's transportation projects. Time details some of the problems, which include corruption, high ticket prices, severe train malfunctions and now Saturday's deadly accident.