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.








(2011年7月26日11時35分 読売新聞)

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