Sunday, July 24, 2011

Train accident in China

At least 32 people were killed and 100 injured, Saturday, July 23, in a train accident in China caused by a succession of dramatic events. A high speed train was left to rest after a power failure following the lightning had hit the track. The train was then violently hit by a second convoy that followed him and derailed.

Two of his car then fell of the viaduct on which the TGV was immobilized. The accident occurred around 20 h 30 local time (12 h 30 GMT) in the city of Wenzhou in the eastern province of Zhejiang. The accident, which occurred less than a month after the grand opening of the high-speed train linking Beijing to Shanghai (1300 km), ask again, according to the media, the question of reliability TGV network in China.

It is growing and should increase from 8358 km to more than 13,000 km in 2012 and 16,000 km in 2020. The rapid construction of the network, with blows of heavy investments - 700 billion yuan (77 billion euros) last year - has been the subject of payments jars of wine in the program overseen by the Minister Chinese Railways, Liu Zhijun, denounced by the National Audit Office.

The minister, under investigation for "serious disciplinary violations," was revoked in February. It would have affected jars of wine in an amount exceeding 800 million yuan (88 million), according to the official press that these revelations are also affecting the security of rail transport in China.

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