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China Admits 12 of its Railways are Death Traps

Posted by w_thames_the_d on August 9, 2012


China, who has invented more forms of homicide in the past ten years than the rest of the world combined, has just announced that twelve of its newly minted railways are death traps. The bad news is that those hundreds of billions of dollars that went into building up China’s rail infrastructure were wasted. The good news is that those same useless Chinese companies have built railways for civilized countries as well, so that we too can die from Chinese incompetence.

Story and photo from here

An investigation by China’s Ministry of Railways reveals that 12 of its lines are beset by major safety problems, Guangzhou’s 21st Century Business Herald reports.
Among the 12 lines, seven, including the Wuhan-Guangzhou and Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou lines are already in use, whereas five are still under construction. The Ningbo-Taizhou-Wenzhou line saw the first disaster of China’s high-speed rail era, when a bullet train collision killed 40 people and left 172 injured on July 23 last year near Wenzhou

One Response to “China Admits 12 of its Railways are Death Traps”

  1. Brewskie said

    Ooopppsss I posted a bit about the dodgy rail lines, too. Looks like you beat me to the punch.

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