Text Version
RSS Feeds
Home Forum Photos Features Newsletter Archive Employment
About US Help Site Map
SEARCH   About US FAQ Site Map Site News
  -Text Version
  -RSS Feeds
  -News Archive
  -Give us feedback
  -Voices of Readers
  -Online community
  -China Biz info
  What's new
Central China city to compensate families of nine killed in viaduct collapse
+ -
21:08, May 20, 2009

 Related News
 Death toll rises to nine in central China viaduct collapse
 Death toll in viaduct collapse rises to six
 Four killed in central China viaduct collapse
 Comment  Tell A Friend
 Print Format  Save Article
The Zhuzhou city government said Wednesday families of the nine people killed in a viaduct collapse on Sunday could each get 400,000 yuan (59,000 U.S. dollars) in compensation, regardless of whether they were residents.

Li Zhiguo, a government spokesman, said eight of the 16 injured people were still hospitalized Wednesday. A 31-year-old man who suffered the worst injuries was in intensive care.

A 160-meter section in the central part of the viaduct collapsed at 4:24 p.m. Sunday on Hongqi Road in downtown Zhuzhou, Hunan Province. The debris crushed 24 vehicles underneath.

The site was still cordoned off Wednesday. More than 400 police were on duty to help direct traffic jams caused by the bottleneck. Seven streets that lead to the site were closed and 11 bus routes detoured.

The 2,750-meter Hongqi Road Viaduct, built in 1995, was the city's first viaduct. It was to have been demolished Wednesday. A section of the structure a few dozen meters long was removed two days before the accident in a trial demolition.

Area residents questioned the procedures used in the trial demolition. One, surnamed Zhang, said the communications authority did not block the traffic under the viaduct after the trial demolition. "The viaduct was dangerous after the trial, and shot holes drilled on every pier must also have caused the safety problem," he said.

A government work team led by Liu Raochen, head of the Hunan provincial bureau of work safety, is investigating the accident.

Contractors of the project were being investigated, according to an official who declined to be identified.

He said it would take 50 days at least for the government to hold a new round of bids to hire other contractors.

Source: Xinhua

  Your Message:   Most Commented:
Tamil protesters block major freeway in downtown Toronto
Jackie Chan's 'freedom' talk sparks debate
Congress wins election in India
Official fined for underage sex
Bias or information gap

|About Peopledaily.com.cn | Advertise on site | Contact us | Site map | Job offer|
Copyright by People's Daily Online, All Rights Reserved