Here’s a quick round-up of all you need to know about yesterday’s Shanghai Metro rear-end collision:
- A grand total of 284 passengers were taken to the hospital yesterday after the crash and as of 9am this morning, 95 remained hospitalised.
- Shanghai Casco Signal Ltd, the signals supplier for Line 10, is the supplier for 20 projects in Shanghai and Beijing alone. Yesterday, we told you that they’re also the signals supplier for the subway networks in Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Changchun, Tianjin and Dalian. They’re also being blamed for the trains that went down in the recent Wenzhou high-speed rail crash. More details on their past glitches here.
- The Shanghai subway operator has claimed, not once but twice, that rear-end collisions would never happen in the city. The first claim was made in January 2005 in the wake of a peak-hour train crash in Bangkok, Thailand. The second claim was made just this June after a subway train on Line 10 went on the wrong track at the Longxi Road station line split, and subsequently even ran backwards.
- Chinese media have been quick to pile the pressure up on the subway operator. There’s unfinished business left over from the Wenzhou train crash. The Beijing Evening News asks four questions on everybody’s minds:
— Shanghai Metro announced on its official Weibo yesterday at 14:14 that there were glitches on Line 10 between Nanjing East and Jiaotong Uni and that train frequency would be slowed down. Why then was operational awareness not raised?
— Shanghai Metro has had a track record of glitches. In 2009, two trains on Metro Line 1 collided with no casualties because of a signal circuit glitch. Casco was punished for the incident, but why haven’t things improved since then?
— Shanghai Metro announced on Monday on its Weibo account that it had just taken part in a subway safety conference that was called specifically to prevent incidents similar to the Wenzhou train crash from happening. So why did an accident happen just two days afterwards?
— Line 10 was up and running within five hours of the accident. Why the hurry?