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Team lays blame for Wenzhou train crash

By Wang Qingchu and Zha Minjie  (Shanghai Daily)

08:56, November 22, 2011

POOR management has been blamed for the deadly bullet train crash in Wenzhou in east China's Zhejiang Province - overturning a preliminary investigation that held a defective signaling system to be responsible.

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

The signaling system was in working order and had been used on many other high-speed railway routes without any problems, Wang said.

Wang told the newspaper that the local railway authority had failed to maintain the system properly, causing it to fail after multiple lightning strikes in the lead up to the crash.

"The weather was a minor contributor and the main issue is their poor management," Wang said.

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

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LovingChina at 2011-11-22183.39.46.*
Despite of all the new hardware, software and spee..e.edy goodies, the railway admin has never been good even with the newest grand stations constructed. Staffs in ticket booths, administration and security were arrogant and rude in majority of stations ( in towns and cities ) which clearly showed the poor quality of management from top to bottom without a doubt! Arrogance and ignorance befit them well till they come around with real smiling and friendly attitudes to think that passengers are their "bosses" but not those inside the offices prying thru stock exchanges!! But, when will they be able to fine tune their shoddy work attitudes? A suggestion: Multi-role all staffs (including top end folks) to gather experiences and rotate them as required by qualifications and proven skills continuously so fewer become dead woods of China Railway!! Our lives depend on them!!!

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