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Train crash in Italy

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https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/jul/12/several-killed-as-two-trains-collide-in-southern-italy-puglia

Two trains meeting head on on a single line, something went very wrong.

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    Google translate from Il Fatto Quotidiano

    One thing is certain, and there are lots investigations to understand the dynamics that caused the train crash between Andria and Corato, in Bari: the stroke is a single track, so one of the two trains had to be at a stop, but stopped in the station Resident of waiting for the other's passage. Upstream of the accident, thus it embodies human error, as well as supported by the Mayor of Corato Massimo Mazzilli.

    That is a single track, in fact, as reported by the website ferrovie.it, is "exercised with telephone block and does not have SCMT": two cases confirmed to also ilfattoquotidiano.it from trade union circles. In essence, the "phone lock", widely exceeded mode in many sections, provides that the ok to start-up between a station and the other is given through a series of dispatches via telephone between the operators of the various stations. When the single track is clear of other cars, the train has permission to leave. An obsolete regime, the first introduced after the dispatches sent by telegraph, and replaced by the use of "electric lock" that controls traffic through the sensor - placed on trains, at stations and along the tracks - that can control the movement , the speed and the distance between the cars.

    The Andria-Corato also does not even have dell'Scmt, acronym automatic train control system, for use on all routes of the Italian Railway Network and partly on that of Ferrotramviaria. The train control system monitors the behavior of the cars through the yellow buoys placed on the ground at the side of the tracks that 'dialogue' with the locomotive. In the case in which the vehicles were to, for example, exceed the driving speed permitted in the feature that they are taking an audio sensor warns the driver and if this fails to decelerate, the gear is stopped automatically. A useful system in case of illness of the driver.

    According to the Preliminary Report 2015 National Agency for the Safety of Railways "since 2007, there were no collisions between two or more trains" with regard to whether the responsibility of RFI own "due to technological systems of the train running protection cover 100% of the rail network and train ". This type of system is used by Ferrotramviaria but only between Bari and Ruvo, where modernization work is already finished, but is absent from Ruvo in Barletta, where he completed the stretch managed by the company. Just at that piece, at kilometer 51, it occurred on the front. Why and on whose account was at fault, will be at this point the investigation to determine.

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    single tracks are always dangerous. Where we used to live in Kent there was a nasty accident further down the line from us where the line is single track - normally it turns out to be human error.

    So sad and undoubtedly shocking an awful to be a part of .

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