Poor Management Blamed in Wenzhou Train Disaster

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CHINA— Nearly four months after a deadly train wreck that killed 40 passengers and injured more than 200 others, a team investigating the disaster released a damning report citing “poor management” as the cause, reported the Sing Tao Daily.

The report, submitted in late September, dismissed early assumptions that the accident was the result of equipment malfunction, the article noted.

Analysts said the findings, released to the press on Sunday, reveal a deeper, more systemic problem that is rife throughout the country and is directly responsible for a slate of deadly mishaps, the latest of which involved a deadly school bus crash that killed 18 kindergarteners in the country’s northwest last week.

According to the Sing Tao, many say those in upper management positions use their authority for personal gain, often ignoring the responsibilities that come with their titles. The result, analysts said, is that corruption often takes precedence over concerns about safety and performance.

On the state level, China’s relative lack of a robust regulatory system exacerbates corrupt tendencies among the managerial elite.

With the approach of the Chinese New Year holiday in January, when tens of thousands return by train to the hometowns, experts are urging the government to address the problem, the Sing Tao noted, to avoid a recurrence of future disasters.