News from the Worker’s Paradise:
Up to 3,000 people were killed or injured when two trains loaded with fuel collided and exploded at a North Korean station Thursday, hours after leader Kim Jong-il had passed through, South Korea’s YTN television said.
YTN quoted witnesses in its report while South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, which spoke of widespread destruction, also said there were thousands of casualties. Neither Yonhap nor YTN gave a breakdown of deaths and injuries.
Yonhap quoted sources in the Chinese city of Dandong that borders the North as saying the explosion occurred around 1 p.m. — nine hours after Kim’s special train was reported to have passed on its way back to Pyongyang after a visit to China.
“The station was destroyed as if hit by a bombardment and debris flew high into the sky,” Yonhap said, quoting the unidentified Chinese sources.
The sources said cargo trains carrying gasoline and liquefied petroleum gas collided at Ryonchon station 30 miles south of the border.
Awful as this sounds, I’m not getting my hopes up that this disaster could be North Korea’s Chernobyl — a deadly disaster which forces the regime to open up, relax, and be more honest.
It’s just a damn tragedy is all.