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Ministry of Railways answers questions

07-31-2011 15:20 BJT

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Turning to the train crash accident in East China's Zhejiang Province. The Ministry of Railways says it will draw lessons from the deadly bullet train crash and take concrete measures to improve safety management. In response to questions raised by the public, staff from the Ministry of Railways gave detailed explanations.

"Serious design flaws" in railway signaling equipment, that's the main cause of the fatal train crash, according the Ministry of Railways.

Last Saturday's thunder-strikes led to a short circuit, forcing the rear-ended train to a full stop. While the design flaws caused the signal light to become green instead of red, resulting in the oncoming train ramming into the stalled one.

During the rescue operation, the Ministry of Railways says it always stuck to the principle of "putting people first".

More than 2-thousand staff from the Ministry of Railways and 3-thousand soldiers took part in the rescue operation.

Their first task was to rescue as many people as possible.

The rescue didn't stop until staff made sure no sign of life was detected.

Many questioned why the ministry buried parts of the derailed trains under the viaduct after the accident, staff deny it was a cover up.

Three carriages were squeezed together after the crash. In order to allow rescuers to thoroughly search the carriage stuck in the middle, large-tonnage truck cranes had to be used to remove the carriages at both ends.

The debris under the viaduct was put in a pit to make way for the truck cranes.

Meanwhile, ten families of train crash victims have accepted the 915-thousand yuan compensation.

However, for some, such an amount of money is not enough.

Chen Henfeng, relative of train crash victim, said, "If the deceased person was old, then it makes sense for the family to accept the current compensation. But what if the deceased was the bread-winner of the family? So we don't agree it should be the same compensation for everyone."

Relatives of the victims say no matter how much money they get, it will not compensate for the pain they are suffering nor can the money bring back the lives of their loved ones.


Editor:Liu Fang |Source: CNTV.CN

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