China authorities under fire after subway train crash

September 28, 2011 09:24

SHANGHAI - Chinese authorities came under fire on Wednesday after the worst subway train accident in 42 years raised fresh concerns that the world's second biggest economy was sacrificing safety in the rush to develop.

Officials were still investigating the cause of Tuesday's crash in the financial capital Shanghai in which 270 people were injured, 20 of them critically.

It came just two months after a deadly collision between two high-speed overland trains in Wenzhou set off a wave of criticism of China's ambitious rail building plans. That crash promoted the government to suspend new railway project approvals and launch safety checks on existing equipment.

The Shanghai government and an outside investigative team were examining the crash near the well-known Yu Yuan garden which occurred after the failure of the signal system forced staff to direct trains by telephone.

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