Saturday night, two bullet trains collided near Wenzhou, killing at least 43 and injuring 210.

After a bolt of lightning hit one bullet train that was traveling south, causing it to lose power and grind to a halt. A second train then hit it from behind, causing six carriages to derail and four to fall off the side of the elevated tracks.


A derailed carriage of a bullet train is removed from a bridge as workers dig through the wreckage after a high speed train crashed into a stalled train in Wenzhou (REUTERS)

Following the accident, government officials and sources assured that officials moved quickly to take charge of the situation. President Hu Jintao declared Sunday morning that rescue efforts were a top priority and the government also announced that three senior officials in the Railway Ministry had been fired.

However, competing narratives and video clips then emerged, reporting that the ministry was burying parts of the train wreckage near the site. Videos show at least two bodies falling out of the carriages as they are handled.













Video of shovels burying the fragments of train before investigation


Workers and rescuers look on as excavators dig through the wreckage after a high speed train crashed into a stalled train (REUTERS)

From around 6 a.m. on July 24, seven loading shovels began to dig a hole in the field near the accident scene.

Once a hole of around 16 feet and deep and 65 feet wide was dug an hour and half later, one of the loading shovels started crushing the front car. The train driver's seat with its equipment was destroyed, with the remainder of the train wreckage was buried in the hole.

The Railway Ministry said the trains contained valuable "national level" technology that could be stolen and thus must be buried - even though foreign companies have long complained that the technology was actually stolen from their trains, reported The New York Times.

Not only has safety been sacrificed under the nations' rush to development, the act of covering up the evidence of the accident adds to Chinese government's shameful attitude in the face of the tragic crash.

The crash marks the first derailment on China's high-speed rail network since the first-generation bullet trains were launched in 2007, with a top speed of 155 miles per hour, slower than the new Beijing and Shanghai trains.

Chinese netizens have reacted with shock and anger at the crash and the government's handling of the situation.  





Rescuers carry out rescue operations after two carriages from a bullet train derailed and fell off a bridge in Wenzhou, Zhejiang province July 23, 2011. (REUTERS)



Rescuers carry out rescue operations while a crowd gathers among the wreckage of two carriages (REUTERS)





Rescuers carry an injured man out of a bullet train after two carriages derailed and fell off a bridge in Wenzhou (REUTERS)