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Over 50 officials held responsible for Wenzhou train accident

12-29-2011 14:19 BJT

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A probe into the high-speed train crash that killed 40 passengers in eastern China in July has been published by the State Council. The report says poor management, major design flaws, and equipment failure led to the collision.

More than 180 days after the accident, an investigation report has been published.

The State Council says the crash near the east city of Wenzhou was caused by a series of flaws: major design faults, poor safety controls and a poor emergency response to equipment failure. It blames more than 50 officials for poor management.

The State Council says the crash near the east city of Wenzhou was caused by a series of
flaws: major design faults, poor safety controls and a poor emergency response to equipment
failure. It blames more than 50 officials for poor management.

It says a lightning strike led to train D3115 losing power and signal failure led train D301 to hit it from behind.

The crash killed 40 passengers, and left 172 injured.

The Railway Ministry and Shanghai Railway Bureau are blamed for improper rescue work, and for not timely releasing information to the public. 54 people held accountable will be punished.

The State Council has also ended a safety overhaul on high-speed rail links and other railway projects that were launched after the accident.

The Ministry of Railways has told local units to slow down high-speed trains on newly-opened lines, complete emergency response plans, recall faulty equipment, and improve work-safety training.

At a Ministry conference after the State Council meeting, Railway Minister Sheng Guangzu expressed deep condolences to victims of the accident and apologies to the injured.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CNTV.CN

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