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|Wednesday, June 21, 2000, updated at 14:32(GMT+8)|
Mongolian's Death Being InvestigatedAuthorities are probing the cause of the June 12 accident that killed Yun Bulong, chairman of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.
Yun, 62, also a member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, was killed when a train hit his car, local police sources said.
Yun's car was crossing railroad tracks at 7:50 pm during a sandstorm prevention check in the region's Xilin Gol League.
Local police sources said the crossing was not guarded and that Yun's car was the third in a motorcade. The first two cars passed.
Yun's secretary and guard were also killed. His driver was seriously injured.
The police sources said railway departments should be mainly responsible for the accident investigation. The source said no blame has been determined yet.
An official from the Ministry of Railways declined to elaborate on the investigation's progress. Yun's body was cremated on Monday as thousands of local residents voluntarily poured into the streets of Hohhot, the capital city of the region, and paid respects as Yun's hearse passed by.
"He is a good man and capable of his work," Su Lide, an ethnic Mongolian in Hohhot.
"More than 1,000 people participated in Yun's funeral," said Lu Yingshi, an official with the regional government.
Jiang Zemin, Li Peng, Zhu Rongji, Li Ruihuan, Hu Jintao, Wei Jianxing and Li Lanqing also have expressed condolences.
An acting chairman of Inner Mongolia has not been chosen. Zhou Dehai, standing vice-chairman of Inner Mongolia's government, is now primarily responsible for the government's work, Lu said.
Yun, an ethnic Mongolian, was born in December 1937. In 1962, after graduating from the Taiyuan Engineering Institute, he worked in a heavy machinery plant in Taiyuan.
He became a vice-chairman of the regional government in 1992, then chairman in 1998.
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