25 Jul '11, 10am

China outraged by rail crash

BEIJING - Chinese media and public reacted with anger on Monday to a fatal high-speed train crash, with even official newspapers saying safety controls on the rapidly-expanding network may have been too lax. Popular micro-blogging sites buzzed with criticism of the official response to the disaster, which killed at least 36 people and wounded nearly 200 more according to the latest government figures. The Global Times daily said the collision, which initial reports said was caused by a lightning strike cutting power to one train which was then hit by the other, had "caused doubt toward the nation's railway construction plans". "The deadly crash on Saturday should become a bloody lesson for the entire railway industry in China. It should become a starting point for safer railway standards," it said. "The public should continue their attention and criticism and push authorit...

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