Shaanxi bus crash: China sacks 'smiling official'

Police officers and rescuers inspect the wreckage of a bus and tanker in Yanan, 26 Aug 2012 A bus collided with a methane-laden tanker on 26 August

Related Stories

A safety official in China who sparked a public outcry after images showed him grinning at the scene of a fatal bus crash has been sacked, officials say.

Yang Dacai has been stripped of all his official duties for "serious wrongdoing", Shaanxi province officials said in a statement.

Pictures of Mr Yang smiling while visiting the site where 36 people died on 26 August were posted online.

Outrage grew when netizens found images of him wearing luxury watches.

An investigation into Mr Yang's "inappropriate behaviour of 'grinning' as well as wearing luxurious watches" found him guilty of "serious wrongdoing", the Communist Party's discipline commission in Shaanxi said.

Officials are still further investigating "trails of [Mr Yang's] other wrongdoing", according to the online statement.

Mr Yang, head of Shaanxi's Provincial Bureau of Work Safety, fielded questions on his Twitter-like weibo microblog after netizens posted images of him wearing expensive watches on various occasions.

Responding to criticism that he grinned at the scene of the crash he said: "My heart was heavy when I reached the scene... Junior officials appeared nervous when they were updating me on the situation.

"I was trying to get them to relax a little, so maybe, in an unguarded moment, I got a little too relaxed myself."

He also explained that he "used legal income" to buy a number of watches, saying that the most expensive one he owned was worth 35,000 yuan ($5,550, £3,420).

Earlier this month, a university student filed an information disclosure request with the provincial finance bureau, asking them to make Mr Yang's annual income public, reports the China News Service. The request was declined.

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

More China stories


Features & Analysis

Elsewhere on the BBC

  • KnucklesGood or bad?

    For many it can be very satisfying to 'crack' the bones in your hand, but is it bad for you?


  • BatteriesClick Watch

    More power to your phone - the lithium-ion batteries that could last twice as long

Try our new site and tell us what you think. Learn more
Take me there

Copyright © 2015 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.