Officials investigated after fatal Chinese road tunnel blast
27 May 2014
Xinhua reports that 21 officials are being investigated for dereliction of duty, abuse of power and bribery following a fatal road tunnel blast on March 1 in north China's Shanxi Province. Some 40 were killed and another 12 seriously injured after two tankers loaded with methanol collided inside a tunnel between Jincheng City in Shanxi and Jiyuan City in Henan, causing a blast and fire.
Forty-two vehicles were burnt in the incident, causing direct economic losses of 82 million yuan.
Investigators found dereliction of duty involving officials in charge of road transport management, quality and technical supervision, highway administration and the highway police, according to a statement by the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
Among the officials are Du Taoyi, deputy head of Jincheng transport administration bureau, Ma Chunping, deputy general manager of Jincheng highway company, and Guo Xinming, head of the transport bureau of Mengzhou city in central China's Henan Province.