Chinese Rail Accident: Investigators Blame Faulty Railway Signal’s Green Light; Rear-Ended Conductor Claims He Had Been Ordered to Stop on Tracks

Chinese Investigators Blame Wenzhou Accident on Faulty Railway Signal’s Green Light
Yomiuri Shimbun: 中国高速鉄道、信号「赤」に変わらない重大欠陥
Seiga Higa reporting from Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China 2:00 PM July 28, 2011

According to Xinhua News Agency, the government team investigating the July 23 high-speed rail accident in Wenzhou, Zhejiang had its first general meeting on the 28th. The team reported its initial analysis of the accident: “There was a major technical defect in a railway signal at Wenzhou South Station which caused the signal to malfunction when it was struck by lightning. Afterward, when it was supposed to turn red [because the first train had stopped some distance after the signal], it turned green instead.

When the following train saw the green light, it continued its advance, making the collision possible. The Chinese government also acknowledged the possibility of human error over and above the design failure. The railway signal system was installed in September 2009.

Internet users expressed doubts about the analysis and asked questions like “That’s the only conclusion after several days of investigation?” and “Why did the faulty signal also overwhelm accident prevention systems?”

Rear-Ended Chinese Conductor Claims He Had Been Ordered to Stop on Tracks
Yomiuri Shimbun: 追突された中国高速運転士「停車を指示された」
Seiga Higa reporting from Wenzhou, Zhejiang, China 8:44 AM July 28, 2011

The driver of the train struck from behind on July 23 in Wenzhou, China testified that “We should have been running, but I had been ordered to stop,” a magazine reported on the 27th.

The Internet news magazine South China Weekly reported a conversation between the driver and a passenger immediately after the accident. The official explanation of the accident is that a railway signal malfunctioned after it was struck by lightning. This report raises the possibility that the train stopped on the tracks could have been running, but it was stopped under the orders of a transportation supervisor.

These are the first reported words from a party involved in the accident. The report also raises the possibility that the train’s automatic control systems did not function because they were inadequate. The possibility of human error raises doubts that the truth is as simple as the official story.

Original/原稿:
中国高速鉄道、信号「赤」に変わらない重大欠陥

 【温州(中国浙江省)=比嘉清太】新華社通信によると、中国浙江省温州で起きた高速鉄道事故で、国務院(政府)の事故調査チームは28日、第1回全体会議を開き、「温州南駅の信号機に重大な設計上の欠陥があったため落雷で信号機が故障し、赤信号を表示すべき区間の信号機が誤って青信号を表示した」とする初期分析結果を報告した。

 後続列車が青信号を見て走り続け、追突した可能性を指摘したもの。中国政府として、設計上の人的ミスが追突を引き起こした可能性を認めたものだ。信号機システムは2009年9月に導入されたという。

 これについてインターネット上では、「これが数日間かけて出した調査結果か」「信号機に欠陥があったとして、なぜ衝突防御システムまで故障するのか」など、疑問の声が噴き出している。
(2011年7月28日14時02分 読売新聞)

追突された中国高速運転士「停車を指示された」

 【温州(中国浙江省)=比嘉清太】当地で23日に起きた中国高速鉄道事故で、追突された列車の運転士が「走行するべきだったが、停車しろと指示された」と証言していたことが27日、分かった。

 中国誌「南都週刊」(電子版)が、事故直後に運転士と会話を交わした乗客の話として伝えた。事故原因について鉄道省は「落雷による設備故障」と説明している。だが、今回の報道で、列車は走行可能な状態にあったが、運行担当指令の指示で停車した可能性が出てきた。

 事故車両の当事者の話が明らかになったのは初めて。事故では、自動列車制御装置が機能せず、制御システムの不備が原因の可能性があると指摘されていた。人為ミスの可能性も加わったことで、複合的な要因だった疑いが浮上した。
(2011年7月28日08時44分 読売新聞)

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