Hong Kong NGO alleges Railway Ministry covered up train crash in central China

Hong Kong NGO alleges Railway Ministry covered up train crash in central China

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15 December 2012

17:30

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Hong Kong fax-based service Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy carried a report on 15 December 2012, which claimed that two trains crashed at Guanting station (part of the Beijing-Guangzhou line) in Changge, Henan province in the evening of 6 December. The report claimed that two train drivers (named Zhang Li and Chang Yin respectively) died of this accident, and that the crashed trains were newly-built and used to test the Beijing-Guangzhou high speed rail that is to begin operation on 26 December. Finally, the report claimed that PRC Railway Minister Sheng Guangzu disciplined six officials of the Zhengzhou Railway Bureau (which manages the Guanting station) for the accident, but ordered all railway authorities to keep mum to the press about the accident.

Source: Information Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Hong Kong, in Chinese 15 Dec 12

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