Bullet Train Crash ‘Absolutely Avoidable,’ Investigators Find

Bullet Train Crash ‘Absolutely Avoidable,’ Investigators Find

By Amy Hsu & Gary
Pansey
Epoch Times Staff
Created: Aug 12, 2011 Last
Updated:
Aug 15, 2011

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A mangled train car is hoisted away after the deadly
Wenzhou collision. (Getty Images)

A team looking into the causes of the July 23 bullet train collision near
Wenzhou has determined that “it was a tragic accident that should never have happened and could absolutely
have been prevented and avoided.” Another academic expert wonders why the line
was not completely shut down since design flaws have been found.

Speaking
at the investigative team’s third meeting on Aug. 11, Luo Lin, team leader and
employee with the State Work Safety Administration, said that serious defects in
the system’s design which led to equipment
failure had been uncovered. Additional problems brought to light include poor
safety management and a lack of emergency
response procedures.

The Beijing Times
reports
that experts had previously performed numerous experiments and
simulations in search of the reasons for the train crash. Meanwhile, engineering
analyses have also been made on the effects of lightning strikes and the black
box recorder.

The Ministry of Railways announced its
decision on Aug. 11 to lower the operating speed for bullet trains. The
Shanghai-Hangzhou High Speed Railway with a
designed speed of 223 miles per hour would be lowered to 186 mph, while the
Hangzhou-Fuzhou-Shenzhen Passenger Dedicated Line with a designed speed of 155
mph would operate at 124 mph. Ticket prices
would be decreased by five percent.

Wang Chengli, a professor in the
Institute of Urban Rail Transit of Central South University in Changsha, told New Tang Dynasty TV: “Since the Ministry of Railways has admitted that there are serious defects in the design, the passenger line should be suspended so that allequipment can be replaced. Only when all problems are resolved should the line operate again.”

He believes that a minor external cause could trigger a serious tragedy,
and that given the risk, the bullet train is like a “time bomb.”

The official tally is that nearly 200
injuries and 39 deaths occurred when the high-speed train D301 rear-ended the
D3115 train on the evening of July 23, but netizens have said that the total
number on board the four carriages must have been 400. There’s been no official
word on the rest of the passengers.chinareports@epochtimes.com

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