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High-speed rail section collapses

14 March 2012
A section of an unopened high-speed railway collapsed in Hubei province on 9 March following heavy rains.

Hundreds of workers were sent to make repairs to the 300-metre roadbed after the incident in Qianjiang city, Xinhua reported, citing local authorities. The stretch, which had undergone test runs, is part of a 291km line due to open in May that will connect Wuhan and Yichang.

The collapse has renewed safety concerns that began last July when a fatal crash on a high-speed line in Wenzhou, eastern China, killed 40 people and injured 200 others. According to an official investigation, the crash was caused by design flaws and lax management.

Earlier this month, Time Weekly, a Guangdong-based weekly newspaper, said another section of grading on Wuhan-Yichang had been built with earth instead of rocks. However, the builder of that section, China Gezhouba Group, and Hu Han Rong said no problems were found in inspections, according to People’s Daily.

     
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