China Rebounds from Train Crash that Killed 70, Says Speed to Blame for Collision

From AP:

China rebounded quickly from its deadliest train accident in a decade, announcing that speeding was to blame for the collision that killed at least 70 people and reopening the railway after little more than a day.

Officials wanted to appear in command Tuesday, sacking a third railway official while detailing their success in caring for the 416 people who were hurt in Monday’s pre-dawn crash. To maintain its tight control over media coverage of the accident, authorities repeatedly blocked foreign journalists from speaking to survivors.

A train headed from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao was traveling at 131 kilometers per hour (81 mph) before the accident — well over the track section’s speed limit of 80 kph (50 mph), the official Xinhua News Agency reported, citing an investigative panel set up by the State Council, China’s Cabinet.

April 29, 2008 7:38 PM
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