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Ministry spokesman apologizes for deadly crash; says high-speed railway still faces challenges

English.news.cn   2011-07-25 02:50:40 FeedbackPrintRSS

 
Wang Yongping(2nd R), spokesman of the Ministry of Railways, bows at a press conference on the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou, east China's Zhejiang Province, July 24, 2011. (Xinhua/Huang Zongzhi)

The ministry would promptly correct the mistakes and thoroughly analyze the safety system to eradicate potential risks, he said.

The damaged rails have been repaired and were ready to resume operation but the reopening was delayed by the stormy weather, according to Wang.

Wang did not say when the line would start operating again.

According to Wang, a total of 1,072 people were on the D3115 and 558 on D301 when the accident happened.

More than 1,700 residents in Wenzhou have donated blood as of Sunday night after appeals from the local blood bank, which said many of the injured needed transfusions, according to Cheng Jinguo.

Users on the popular Twitter-like microblogging service Weibo spread appeals for people to donate blood and help look for lost relatives and friends.

OFFICIALS FIRED

Three railway officials were fired after the collision and would be subject to investigation, said the spokesman.

The sacked officials were Long Jing, head of the Shanghai Railway Bureau; Li Jia, head of the Shanghai railway bureau's committee of the Communist Party of China; and deputy chief of the bureau, He Shengli.

The ministry also ordered an urgent overhaul of railway and train safety nationwide.

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