China bullet train crash probe blames signals
An investigation into a deadly bullet train crash in China has found that faulty signaling systems and mismanagement were mainly to blame, reports said Friday, though the accident was triggered by a lightning strike.
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“I'm From the USA, 5 Years Here”
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#1 Sep 16, 2011
China, true to form, said they would have the report out in September.
The culprit, mismanagement and a faulty signal and a lightening strike that didn't help.
I am waiting for the arm chair train experts to put their two cents in here, like they did a month ago, which pretty much turned into a China slug fest. All that while the USA is still dreaming of such a system.
#2 Sep 16, 2011
Poor Chinese technology and shotty work.
#3 Feb 16, 2013
Japan was happy when China had such an horrible train accident. Many in Japan (and the Japanese media) celebrated the Chinese accident in which many people were killed. It was sick. Many attacks on China, and much excitement filled the Japanese media for a few weeks after the accident when Japanese people forgot that these victims are humans and have their own families awaiting them to come home too.
They ridiculed at this sad moment that the Chinese were lousy train makers. Because they felt threatened by the advancement made by the Chinese. They attacked China for copying/stealing its technology, and made use of this tragedy to promote Japan's superiority in train products and technology.
Surely Japan felt threatened as the Chinese managed to achieve breakthrough in train technology and began to get the attention of foreign customers including California.
#4 Feb 16, 2013
But is Japan perfect?
TOKYO: An express passenger train hit a truck at a level crossing in Japan on Tuesday [Feb. 12, 2013], police said, with footage and reports from the scene showing it had mounted a station platform.
A picture published online by the Yomiuri Shimbun showed a carriage half-on a platform in Hyogo prefecture. A spokesman for the local police confirmed the accident and said the injury toll of 16 may rise.
"A train and a trailer collided at a crossing near Arai station on the Sanyo line in Takasago city at around 3.50pm (0650 GMT)," a spokesman said.
"Sixteen people including the drivers of the truck and the train were injured. There is a possibility that the number of injured will increase."
"The train's driver was seriously injured but is not in a life-threatening situation," a spokesman for the railway company said.
There were about 70 passengers on the train, one report said.
The Yomiuri said the driver of the train was badly injured in the accident in which the first and second carriages of the six-car train jumped the tracks, moving around 200m before coming to a halt at the end of a station platform.
The accident occurred some 800m from the municipal office.
"According to people in the neighbourhood, the trailer stalled at the crossing and the express train crashed into it," the paper said.
The Asahi Shimbun said the trailer had been at the back of a queue of vehicles that had stopped for a red light.
The paper said there are a number of houses near the level crossing, one of which had its second floor balcony damaged.
"The train moved on with tilted cars, knocking down utility poles, concrete walls and other things along the way before it crashed into a platform at the station and stopped," the Mainichi Shimbun said.- AFP
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