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Court jails train-crash 6

SIX people were jailed yesterday in connection with a fatal train crash that killed 72 passengers and injured 416 last April in east China's Shandong Province.

They were Guo Jiguang, former deputy head of Jinan Railway Bureau, and five railway workers - Li Zhenjiang, Cui Heguang, Zhang Fasheng, Pu Xiaojun and Zheng Richeng, the Qingdao Rail Transport Court said.

The six, detained in May last year, received terms from six months to four years for breaching railway operation rules and causing grave consequences, the court said.

Penalties for such negligence leading to death, serious injuries and heavy loss of public or private property can carry a jail term of three to seven years, according to China's criminal code.

The T195, a high-speed train from Beijing to the coastal city of Qingdao, derailed and crashed into another train in Zibo's Zhoucun District on April 28, 2008, leaving 72 dead and another 416 injured.

The accident was the worst on China's railways in a decade.

Investigators said the train was traveling at a speed much higher than the limit on that section of the track, partly because the driver had not been informed of the speed limit.


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