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China: Derailment caused by excessive speed

  : Tuesday, August 10, 1999
Excessive speed has been blamed for an accident which killed 9 people near Hengyan in Hunan province last month. Sixty one people were also injured when an 18 carriage train, carrying around 1000 people derailed on 9 July 1999. Twelve carriages left the tracks and four toppled over.

The Guangzhou Railways Corporation and the Number Four Prospect and Design Institute have been implicated in a "failure to implement certain measures to guarantee safety" according to a report in the China Daily. A number of officials have recieved administrative penalties ranging from "public criticism" to "demerits on their records".

Two railwaymen are to be "punished according to Chinese law by judicial departments".

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