High-Speed Train Paused Again
Recently, on two consecutive days,
major high-speed train delays occurred on Hu-Ning section
and Yong-Wen section, where the rail crash took place.
They caused passengers to panic and made the authorities’
effort to reduce public attention to the rail crash in vain.
The people swore to keep investigating to the end.
Experts said that the lack of science and democracy
is the root cause of the crash.
On all major online forums this message could be seen:
“From today on, whatever the headlines may be,
I will keep searching for the truth behind the train crash,
including who ordered to stop rescue and resume the traffic,
and whether the Ministry of Railways prioritized life-saving.
I will keep on investigating until we get the truth.”
This is against the ban issued on July 29 to all media
by the Propaganda Department on coverage of the crash.
All reports or commentaries were not allowed to be published,
except positive news or government news releases.
Websites must downplay the reports concerning the accident,
which cannot be headlined or recommended.
So, netizens designed and circulated a poster satirizing
the ban as a “duct tape” put on people by the CCP.
Although the authorities are eager to downplay the accident,
large-scale train delays occurred for two consecutive days
on the Yun-Wen section, where the crash took place
and the Hu-Ning section.
It is hard for the civilians not to investigate the causes.
In the afternoon of August 1
the Yong-Wen section again had a massive train delay.
Several netizens revealed on micro-blog that
no train entered the Wenzhou South Station since 2:30pm.
At one time, a large number of passengers were stranded.
The Ministry of Railways explained later that it was due to
a “temporary equipment maintenance”.
However, no explanation was given on what equipment
and why it was maintained in rush hour.
According to the live coverage by Shanghai Oriental TV
on August 2, the train delay continued on Yong-Wen section.
At least over 10 trains were delayed on Tuesday
for one hour to four hours.
On Hu-Ning section, a train stopped due to a breakdown.
The high-speed train G7300 from Nanjing to Shanghai
suddenly stopped on the track at 8 a.m. for half an hour.
Some passengers tried to break the window to escape.
Not until 27 minutes later, did the broadcast explain that
a signal failure had caused five trains to delay.
Public data show that the CTCS-2 train control system
employed by the Yong-Wen section was developed
by China Railway Signal & Communication Corp.
According to this company’s technical platform information,
all of China’s passenger train lines with speeds of
200-250 km/h have adopted the CTCS-2 train control system.
An anonymous professor of Central South University
told NTD that he worries about the train control system.
Professor : The chief of Shanghai Railway Bureau
An Lusheng said the signal equipment was struck by lightning
and there were serious design flaws.
This problem is very serious.
The design flaws should be investigated and corrected
before re-opening the section for traffic.
We all believe that what this official has done is
for his political achievements. This is irrational.
Why the authorities purchased the train manufacturing
technologies from various countries,
but insisted on using a “domestic” control system?
Professor: The government wants to show its
own intellectual property rights, but this beyond its capability.
So, it tried “a great leap forward”.
But you cannot work rashly.
The professor warned in a letter
to National Development and Reform Commission.
Professor: I said all this in the letter.
Science and democracy is the goal,
we Chinese have pursued for the past 100 years.
But so far they are still far away.
Lack of science and democracy is
the root cause of the crash.
The professor said that the “internal cause” of
the serious flaws of the train control system
could be triggered at any time by an accidental cause
and would create another serious accident.
However, China’s “officialdom” enabled the warnings
given by designers disregarded by the officials,
who only care about their political achievements
regardless of Chinese people’s lives.
NTD reporters Chang Chun, Shang Yan and Zhou Ping