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Two subway trains collide in Shanghai, over 270 injured (2)

(Xinhua)

08:08, September 28, 2011

Casco was blamed for a subway train crash in Shanghai in 2009.

Casco also provided the centralized traffic control system for a railway in east China's Zhejiang Province, where two bullet trains crashed on July 23, killing 40 people and injuring 177.

Jiang Jianhua, Casco's chief engineer, could not be reached for comment. A staff member at Casco's headquarters declined to confirm with Xinhua if the company had launched an investigation into the accident.

The company's website (www.casco.com.cn) could not be opened late Tuesday afternoon.

Tuesday's crash was the result of the third system failure on Line 10 in the last two months.

Yu Guangyao, president of the Shanghai Shentong Metro Group, said Tuesday at the briefing that Casco promised Shentong that it would fix the signal system after a failure guided a train on Line 10 to run in the opposite direction on July 23.

Five days later, another Line 10 train stalled in the tunnel after a control device broke down.

No casualties or injuries were reported in the two previous accidents.

Shanghai has set up an investigation team. The team, headed by the city's work safety bureau, will include independent experts and investigators from the city's construction and traffic committees and the traffic bureau, said Sun Jianping, head of the traffic bureau, at the news briefing.

According to Sun, Shanghai's Communist Party chief Yu Zhengsheng and Mayor Han Zheng have requested all-out efforts for treating the injured and a safety overhaul for the city's metro system.

They also urged investigators to inform the public about their progress in a timely manner and ensure the investigation's openness and transparency, Sun said.

Photos posted on Weibo, China's popular Twitter-like microblogging service, showed several passengers bleeding, with firefighters entering the train to rescue the injured.

"I was stunned, not knowing what happened. We tried to open doors and windows but couldn't. I felt smoke in the car," a passenger said shortly after being rescued from the train.

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