UPDATE 3: Added paike footage of the toddler’s rescue to the end of the post.
UPDATE 2: Added “Donations” section with translated comments from a Tianya post.
UPDATE 1: Added information about the driver, media coverage, and a video from Shanghaiist, as well as information about a new Weibo poll.
This video, posted to Youku, is purportedly the first video of the crash itself. It begins with scenes of the rain, but at the end shows a train moving and then some very bright sparks, or…something. You be the judge:
Caixin released a report on the causes of the accident (emphasis added):
9:15 p.m.: Caixin has published a technical piece on the China Train Control System (CTCS), the train operation technology used by both trains involved in the crash. The system, wholly-controlled by an automated computer system, transmits information and monitors speed, taking into account inclement weather conditions like wind, rain and snow.
The report includes videos and explanations from the technology’s designers, and concludes that the accident was entirely preventable had the system been in full force. According to the system’s designs, the traffic control center should have detected the D3115’s slowdown and subsequent halting, and then notified any trains coming up from behind.
More details are available at that link.
The death toll continues to fluctuate, with some reports citing 39 dead, the netizen-crowdsourced list now listing 38 names, and Xinhua’s stories apparently edited to report 36 dead, down from 38 yesterday. But the Global Times puts the death toll at 40 today.
Also in edited news, with regards to the body-falling video on Youku mentioned yesterday, one commenter pointed out that the video has been edited. When originally posted, the video played smoothly, and there was clearly something falling from the train at around the 0:09 mark. Whether or not it was a body is debatable, but now the evidence of whatever it was appears to have been swept clean. Observe, the video now skips slightly at the 0:09 mark. The section where the falling object was visible has been deleted.
That video link was circulated widely on Youku, and was edited at some point yesterday afternoon. Compare it to this, a copy of the exact same video, circulated less widely and as yet unedited.
In case that is also edited, the video has also been copied to Youtube here, although it is a lower fidelity version and thus is a bit less clear.
Suspicion about the incident continues to be widespread. The newest user-created Weibo poll asks if people believe the government’s official casualty figures, and while it only has around 2,000 responses so far, 94% of respondents chose: “I absolutely don’t believe [the figures], if you use your brain to think about it, how could it be possible so few people died?”
Shanghaiist has also been following this story and providing excellent coverage. Two especially worthy pieces of theirs are this, which illustrates the media response to the accident, and this, the translation of a supposed conversation with the driver of the front train, who has not been heard from since the accident. The conversation, especially its ending, seem awfully convenient, and there’s no way to confirm its authenticity, but it’s worth a read anyway.
Meanwhile, other high-speed trains continue to experience power issues, as more problems caused another swath of delays on Monday.
An interesting question raised by this incident is how regular people can help. Upon hearing of the crash, many netizens wished to donate money. But the Chinese Red Cross, the place most people would generally donate money to in this sort of situation, is still tainted by the recent high-profile scandals and many no longer trust them to deliver donations.
Consider, for example, this Tianya thread about the crash in which the OP asks people to donate to the Chinese Red Cross (thanks to Jake F. for this link). Some responses:
You’re donating? I’m not going to get tricked again.
The OP is a master of satire.
Go to hell.
Donate money to Guo Meimei?
The Red Cross shouldn’t even be trying to get donations, they lost so much face and haven’t gained enough back yet.
I fuck your mom! Donate! Donate to the Black Cross Society, you might as well just throw your money away!
Who are you trying to fool?
Red Louse Society [a pun, “louse” is pronounced in a way similar to “cross”]
Donate your mom’s **** ((Yup, I’m not gonna translate that one.))
Anyone who donates has no penis.
They found another excuse to dig out some money. Strongly disdain [in his post, this phrase is then copy-pasted around twenty more times].
The Red Cross represents the nation in begging for money.
This is a righteous slap to the face of the Black Society ((here, he means the Red Cross, not gangster/criminal society)).
Those are just a few quotes from the first half of the first page of the thread. At present, it goes on for another 44 pages, without much change in discussion. Right now, the most recent comment on the post is a joke about the original poster’s sister.
This video is gaining popularity on Youku right now. It shows the entire process of the young girl’s rescue on Sunday afternoon. It was posted about 15 hours ago and already has over 300,000 plays and 600 comments.