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Premier Wen vows to punish those responsible for train crash six days after tragedy

07-28-2011 21:17 BJT Special Report:Two High-Speed Trains Crash in East China |

WENZHOU, July 28 (Xinhua) -- Premier Wen Jiabao Thursday vowed to "severely punish" those who are responsible for Saturday's fatal train collision and said "safety is a top priority" for the country's high-speed railways.

"Our investigation must be responsible to the people," Wen promised in front of more than 180 domestic and foreign journalists. He stood under a railway viaduct where one high-speed train rear-ended another near the city of Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province six days ago, killing 39 people and injuring 192 others.

Before meeting the press, Wen, dressed in a white shirt and black trousers, laid a large bouquet of flowers on the ground near the bridge and took three deep bows to mourn the victims.

Crash ruins have already been cleared away from the scene where six carriages derailed and four of them fell about 20 to 30 meters from the viaduct.

The premier said he should have visited the crash scene earlier, but his health problems had delayed his visit.


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