Mechanical Failure Blamed for Locomotive Collision in Tibet
[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 2006/01/21; January 21, 2006.]
LHASA, Jan. 21 (Xinhuanet) -- Mechanical failure is considered as the root cause for a fatal collision of two locomotives Friday on the Qinghai-Tibet Railway Line in which one people was killed and eight more injured.
The mishap took place around 7 p.m. Friday near a railway station some 127 km away from Lhasa, regional capital.
A railway worker who was injured in the collision recalled that around 7 p.m. Friday, one locomotive with nine slag conveyers attached to it bumped into another locomotive parked for repairs on the railroad after traveling at a speed between 30 km per hour to 40 km per hour from the onset and later gaining a speed as a result of mechanical failure.
Manpower has been organized to do the repairing work at the site of the accident and it's expected the railway line will be cleared off all obstacles by 5 p.m. on Saturday. The Qinghai-Tibet Railway, the world's longest plateau railroad, stretching 1,956 kilometers from Qinghai's provincial capital, Xining, to Tibet's capital, Lhasa, completed construction last October, a feat heralded as another Great Wall in comparison.
The railway will put into commercial use, linking Lhasa with other major Chinese cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xining, Chengdu and Guangzhou after tests to be held in July 2006.
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