Thursday, July 28, 2011

China institute takes blame for train crash; Wen visits

(Reuters) - A Chinese railway research institute took responsibility on Thursday for a flaw in signalling equipment that led to a deadly accident and stoked widespread public anger and suspicion of the government's high-speed rail plans.

Premier Wen Jiabao visited the crash site near Wenzhou city in Zhejiang province and vowed a thorough and transparent investigation. He said an illness had prevented him visiting the scene earlier.

A high-speed train rammed into a stalled train late on Saturday killing 39 people. Soon after the crash, domestic media had blamed foreign technology.

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