China's Wen orders swift, open probe into train crash

July 27, 2011 12:46

BEIJING - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Wednesday ordered a swift and transparent probe into the weekend's crash of two high-speed trains that has ignited public anger, and pledged the government would take "resolute safety" steps in its aftermath.

"Great importance must be attached to finding out the facts and judging the responsibility in accordance with laws and regulations," state news agency Xinhua cited a statement from a cabinet meeting chaired by Wen as saying.

Wen also offered his "deep sympathies" to the victims and their families, Xinhua added.

Internet users have flooded websites and microblogs with angry comments following the crash in eastern China's Zhejiang province which killed 39 people, the country's deadliest rail accident since 2008.

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