Shanghai Metro’s latest statement released on its website yesterday has contradicted earlier assertions by company chairman Yu Guangyao that faulty signals equipment supplied by Shanghai Casco Signals Corp, a joint venture of France-based Alstom SA, caused Tuesday’s subway collision.
According to the statement, investigations by the company have found that it was power failure that first interrupted signalling. Staff on Line 10 did not strictly follow standard operating procedure, and human error eventually led to the crash.
“The main cause of the accident has no relation with the signaling system,” an Alstom spokesman told Bloomberg yesterday and that Casco Signal“can’t be held as responsible”.
Riiiiight. And we should believe you because???
Traffic bureau chief Sun Jianping says independent experts have been invited to join a probe led by the Shanghai’s work safety department. We’ll be waiting to hear from them instead.