China denies destroying evidence after fatal rail crash

July 30, 2011 05:36


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BEIJING - China's state news agency Xinhua has denied widespread rumors that railway authorities tried to conceal evidence by burying carriages damaged during a high-speed rail crash that killed at least 40 people on July 23.

Citing an unnamed official with the Ministry of Railways, Xinhua said late on Friday that "the problem of burying rail carriages and 'destroying evidence' does not exist during the handling of the whole of the accident".

The report said that only the damaged parts of some carriages were buried at the site in order to facilitate clean-up and rescue operations.

In China's worst rail accident since 2008, a high-speed train rammed into the back of another in the eastern city of Wenzhou on July 23.

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