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Train crash probe 'needs more time'

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The expert panel investigating the cause of the Wenzhou high-speed rail crash say more time is needed to finish their final report.

Results of the probe were expected in mid-September. However, the team said on Wednesday that many problems have yet to be analyzed due to technical and management issues.

"Much basic work has been done and important basic data and test materials have been obtained," Xinhua News Agency quoted the investigation team as saying. "But the accident investigation report still needs some time to be put together."

The team will "take a rigorous, conscientiously responsible attitude and continue to keep a firm grasp on the job at hand ... and will not let slip any uncertain points".

The results will be released to the public "in a timely manner", Xinhua reported, without giving a timeframe.

The State Council established the panel in late July, shortly after a crash involving two bullet trains in East China's Zhejiang province killed 40 people and injured almost 200 others.

In the past two months, experts have held 200 meetings and collected more than 1,300 documents to date, as well as obtained fundamental data and materials, according to an official statement from the probe panel.

In a speech, Premier Wen Jiabao vowed that the investigation would be thorough and transparent, and that several senior railway officials had been fired.

A Chinese railway research institute also took responsibility for a flaw in signaling equipment that led to the accident and the authorities promised a full review of safety procedures.


1. The results were first expected when?

2. Who established a panel in late July?

3. How many people died in the crash?


1. Mid-September.

2. The State Council.

3. 40.

(中国日报网英语点津 Helen 编辑)

Train crash probe 'needs more time'

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Train crash probe 'needs more time'

Lee Hannon is Chief Editor at China Daily with 15-years experience in print and broadcast journalism. Born in England, Lee has traveled extensively around the world as a journalist including four years as a senior editor in Los Angeles. He now lives in Beijing and is happy to move to China and join the China Daily team.