Destruction of Evidence? China Buries Trains Involved in High-Speed Rail Accident; Japanese Transportation Official Calls Action Unthinkable

China Buries Trains Involved in Accident
A crane (upper left) places part of a train involved in the Chinese high-speed rail accident (below) into a hole dug by the excavator on the upper right.

Destruction of Evidence? China Buries Trains Involved in High-Speed Rail Accident
Yomiuri Shimbun: 証拠隠滅?…中国鉄道事故落下車両を土に埋める
Shihomi Kakutani and Yasuharu Seki reporting from Zhejiang and Beijing, respectively, 12:41 PM July 25, 2011

Repair work following the high speed train crash and derailment on the night of the 23rd in Zhejiang, China was completed on the morning of the 25th, and the line resumed operation.

The trains which crashed and derailed were buried on site, showing that the government decided not to thoroughly investigate the accident. Critics on the web accused the government of “burying evidence”.

Early on the morning of the 24th, several excavators arrived at the scene of the accident and dug a giant hole 15 meters wide and 5 meters deep. Residents told the Yomiuri Shimbun “the cars were broken into pieces and buried inside.” That same afternoon, earth and sand were placed on top, but part of the wreckage was still visible. On the morning of the 25th, excavators broke up the other car. Web users have testified that the heavy machinery destroyed evidence like the gauges in the drivers’ panels, and videos of excavators repeatedly striking the bodies of the trains are circulating the Internet.

Japanese Transportation Safety Official Says Abandoning Train Involved in Accident is Unthinkable
Yomiuri Shimbun: 事故車両を遺棄考えられない…運輸安全委
Staff Report July 25, 2011

The Japanese Transportation Safety Committee, which is responsible for investigating rail and air accidents, said that according to its regulations, train cars involved in accidents can be forbidden from being stowed away or moved.

According to the management of the committee secretariat, “In order to thoroughly investigate the cause of the accident and protect against future accidents, the cars must be thoroughly investigated and analyzed. Even accounting for differences in international customs, abandoning a car involved in an accident is unthinkable.”





(2011年7月25日12時41分 読売新聞)



(2011年7月25日12時31分 読売新聞)

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