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Ministry of Railways: Those who made mistakes would be held accountable

07-25-2011 14:13 BJT Special Report:Two High-Speed Trains Crash in East China |

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Last Saturday's train collision in East China's Zhejiang Province has killed at least 35 people, wounded 190 others, caused around 130 under medical treatment in various hospitals. China's Ministry of Railways responded to the accident, by holding a press conference on Sunday.

Apologies have been offered. But the nation waits for answers. Following China's biggest ever high speed rail accident, a spokesman for the ministry said those who made mistakes would be held accountable.

Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, bows at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Xiang Guangli)

Wang Yongping, spokesman of Ministry of Railways, said, "The train's black box has been sent for investigation. We will update you immediately when we have the results."

At around 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, bullet train D301 ran into the back of another stationary train on a bridge near Wenzhou.

The first four carriages of the moving train fell off the viaduct. The last two carriages of the stationary train were derailed.

Wang Yongping (L), spokesman of the Ministry of Railway, speaks at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

The ministry's initial investigation suggested a malfunction caused by lightening could be behind the accident. But it's not yet clear why the D301 didn't stop in time to avoid the collision.

Many have raised questions over the swift burial of some carriages at the site. The spokesman tried to address the concerns.

Wang Yongping, spokesman of Ministry of Railways, said,

"I asked local officials why something as foolish as this could happen? When the whole world knows about it, why cover up the accident? They said they were not trying to cover it up. The area under the bridge is full of mud, and to speed up the rescue efforts, they buried some carriages with soil. They say it was to assist the rescue operation. I don't know if you will believe this or not. I believe it. "

The spokesman said the ministry will promptly correct any mistakes. Three railway officials have already been sacked following the deadly collision, including the head of the Shanghai Railway Bureau. They all face further investigations. The ministry has ordered an urgent review of rail safety nationwide.

Wang Yongping (L), spokesman of the Ministry of Railway, speaks at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Xing Guangli)

Wang Yongping, spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, listens to a reporter's question at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

Wang Yongping (2nd R), spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, speaks at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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