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Chinese Authorities Criticized for Train Wreck 'Coverup'

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Chinese railway authorities are being hit by an outpour of public anger. That's after they buried two train carriages from the high-speed train crash in Wenzhou City Saturday night. Now authorities are carrying out further investigations to determine the cause of the crash that left dozens dead and hundreds more injured.

Chinese railway authorities are being heavily criticized for having hastily buried wrecked train carriages from the crash that killed at least 40 people in eastern Zhejiang Province. The wreckage was dug-up on Monday for further investigation.
Authorities first claimed they had buried the carriages to prevent train technology from being leaked, later they said it was to make way for rescue work to go ahead.

This drew strong reactions. Many believe the rushed burial was done at the expense of rescue work.

[Mr. Chen, Democracy Advocate]:
"It was said that all the checks were done in the middle of the night, and there were no signs of life, so they started the burial. Then it was said that the next day they found a little girl alive and rushed to rescue her. This is incomprehensible. Also, investigations can't be done so quickly, they should've investigated thoroughly before dealing with the evidence."

The train collision happened late Saturday evening in Wenzhou City. In less than 24 hours, this amateur footage was posted online showing carriages being rolled into trenches to be buried.

[Cao Changqing, China Commentator]:
"The incident happened around 8 p.m., by late that night the carriages were destroyed. They then began burying them the next morning. This gave people a strong sense that they are trying to bury evidence."