By Horace Lu
As the probe report has reached its deadline, the Chinese public has once again turned its focus to the Wenzhou bullet train accident on July, 23.
The State Administration of Work Safety has informed the press that the probe report will be released soon on the website of the official Xinhua News Agency. However, the safety watchdog, which also leads the probe, did not tell the exact date of the report’s release, only saying that it won’t be “long”.
According to government regulations, the probe report of any accident with more than 30 deaths should be released within 120 days after the accident took place. Nov. 20, the deadline, came and passed but the report is still nowhere in sight.
On Nov. 20, Wang Mengshu(王梦恕), a leading expert of the probe team says the technical part of the report has been sent to the National Council in September.
“After investigation and experiments, there is no problem in signal technology or devices. The biggest problem lies in staff and management,” Wang says.
However, an official of the State Administration of Work Safety tells Southern Metropolitan Daily that the watchdog still believes that it is the design defects in the bullet train signal system that led to the tragedy.
Wang also says what he told the press was just his “personal opinion” that did not reflect the whole team’s point of view.
Analyses say, if the probe report does reveal the major cause of the Wenzhou bullet train accident is design defects, China’s ambition to export its bullet train technology will be greatly hampered.