China to Inspect Train Cars: Move to Deflect Criticism?


A car involved in the Wenzhou train crash is transported away from the scene of the accident on the morning of the 26th. It was covered in a sheet and loaded on a large trailer. Photo by Seita Higa.

China to Inspect Train Cars: Move to Deflect Criticism?
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国、残った車両を調査へ…批判かわす狙い?
Seiga Higa reporting from Zhejiang 11:35 AM July 26

On the 26th, the Chinese government began to transport train cars that were wrecked in the July 23 crash and subsequent fall from the elevated track away from the site.

According to Xinhua News Agency, the government decided to move 5 cars involved in the accident to the closest station, Wenzhou West, for inspection by a government safety commission.

Eyewitnesses said the move began at 5 AM China Time on the 26th. Cars were lifted by train and loaded onto giant trailers. Other cars still being moved, but it is unknown whether the remains of the head cars, which have already been buried, will be re-excavated and transported as well.

Starting on the 24th, the morning after the accident, the government began to destroy train cars involved in the accident and bury them, leading to accusations that it was destroying evidence. The safety commission’s investigation is seen as a move to deflect this criticism.

In other news, Xinhua announced the death count for the accident was 39 on the 25th, then said the number had risen to 40, then amended the number to 39 before dawn on the 26th.

Original/原稿:
中国、残った車両を調査へ…批判かわす狙い?

26日午前、中国浙江省温州の現場から撤去される事故車両。シートで覆われ、大型トレーラーで搬出された=比嘉清太撮影

 【温州(中国浙江省)=比嘉清太】当地で23日に起きた高速鉄道の追突、脱線事故で、中国当局は26日、高架橋から落下して大破した列車を移動する作業を始めた。

 新華社電は、国務院(政府)の事故調査委員会が、現場に残されている車両5両を最寄りの温州西駅に運び、調査を行うことを決めたと伝えている。

 目撃者によると、列車の移動作業は26日午前5時(日本時間同6時)ごろ始まった。列車はクレーンでつり上げられ、大型トレーラーの荷台に載せて運び出された。現場にこのほかにも車両が残っており、移動作業が続くとみられる。ただ、すでに地中に埋めた先頭車両の残骸も掘り起こして移動するかは不明だ。

 中国当局は事故翌日の24日以降、事故車両の一部を重機で破壊して地面に埋める作業を行い、「証拠隠滅を図っている」などと批判が高まっていた。調査委が車両の検証を行うことで批判をかわす狙いもあるとみられる。

 一方、事故の死者数は新華社電が25日に「39人」と伝えた後、「40人になった」と報じたが、26日未明に再び39人に修正した。

(2011年7月26日11時35分 読売新聞)

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