China train crash due to design flaw of signal equipment: Xinhua

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Posted: Jul 27, 2011 9:18 PM

BEIJING (Reuters) - The deadly train crash in eastern China earlier this month was caused by a "severe flaw" in the design of signaling equipment, the official Xinhua News Agency reported on Thursday, citing the Shanghai Railway Bureau.

A high-speed train rammed into another stalled train, the report said, because the signal should have turned red after a lighting strike, but it was mistakenly still green.

(Reported by Jim Bai and Ken Wills)