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'Poor management' blamed for Wenzhou train crash

By Wang Qingchu (Shanghai Daily)

16:51, November 21, 2011

Poor management was blamed for the deadly July high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province – overturning the preliminary investigation result that found a defective signaling system was responsible for the accident.

"The local railway authority didn't use the equipment correctly, leading to malfunction. After the equipment broke down, staffers operated it improperly, causing one train to rear-end a stalled one, leaving 40 dead and around 200 injured," revealed Wang Mengshu, deputy director of the investigation team, according to today's Beijing Times.

The signaling system was in working order and had successfully been used on many other high-speed railway routes with no malfunction, Wang said.

What's more, Wang pointed out that the local railway authority hadn't maintained the signaling system well, causing it to fail after a massive lightning strike hit the system in the lead up to the crash.

The investigation report has been completed and was submitted to the State Council for approval in September, the newspaper quoted Wang as saying.

The preliminary investigation blamed a signaling system design defect for the fatal crash. After being hit by thunder, the malfunction caused the signal equipment to mistakenly show a green when the light should have been red, Xinhua news agency quoted An Lusheng, director of the Shanghai Railway Bureau, as saying soon after the crash.


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