Fri, July 29, 2011
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Grief shrouds train crash site on day of mourning

2011-07-29 06:22:08 GMT2011-07-29 14:22:08(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Flowers are laid at the scene of the fatal train collision in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 29, 2011. A large amount of people arrived at the scene Friday to mourn for victims of the accident on July 23. Friday is the seventh day since the disaster, a day the Chinese believe the dead would revisit their families before leaving for good. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)

People mourn for their relatives at the scene of the fatal train collision in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 29, 2011. A large amount of people arrived at the scene Friday to mourn for victims of the accident on July 23. Friday is the seventh day since the disaster, a day the Chinese believe the dead would revisit their families before leaving for good. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)

A woman mourns for her relative at the scene of the fatal train collision in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 29, 2011. A large amount of people arrived at the scene Friday to mourn for victims of the accident on July 23. Friday is the seventh day since the disaster, a day the Chinese believe the dead would revisit their families before leaving for good. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)

People mourn for their relatives at the scene of the fatal train collision in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 29, 2011. A large amount of people arrived at the scene Friday to mourn for victims of the accident on July 23. Friday is the seventh day since the disaster, a day the Chinese believe the dead would revisit their families before leaving for good. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)

People light candles at the scene of the fatal train collision in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 29, 2011. A large amount of people arrived at the scene Friday to mourn for victims of the accident on July 23. Friday is the seventh day since the disaster, a day the Chinese believe the dead would revisit their families before leaving for good. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)

WENZHOU, July 29 (Xinhua) -- About two dozen people gathered during a rainy Friday morning to mourn their deceased family members at the site of last Saturday's deadly train crash in the city of Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province.

Mourners placed flowers, lit candles and paper "money" at the site. A scrap of metal salvaged from one of the crushed train carriages was laid nearby. The mourners took turns kneeling and whispering messages to their dead loved ones. Some stood silently, while others sobbed or wailed uncontrollably. All refused to speak to reporters.

Chinese people traditionally mourn deceased loved ones on the seventh day after their death.

The high-speed train collision left 40 people dead and 191 others injured. The families of the victims, as well as the greater public, have repeatedly urged the government to release more information about the cause of the accident and the rescue efforts that followed it.

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