Human Error, Conspiracies Probed in Argentina Train Crash

Image: Human Error, Conspiracies Probed in Argentina Train Crash A commuter train that apparently failed to stop and crashed at the end of the line is seen at the Once railway terminal in Buenos Aires on Oct. 19.

Wednesday, 23 Oct 2013 04:59 AM

By Joel Himelfarb

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As Argentinian officials investigate Saturday’s commuter train crash in Buenos Aires that injured 99 people, an attorney for accident victims is calling on authorities to investigate the possibility that it was no accident at all.
 
Referring to La Fraternidad, a union representing transport workers, Gregorio Dalbón, an attorney and safety advocate, claims that a “union Mafia” deliberately caused the accident to “send the government a message,” the Buenos Aires Herald reported.

Dalbon has offered no proof at all that the crash was deliberately staged or that the union had anything to do with it.
 
Officials have released few details of the investigation thus far. The Wall Street Journal reported that government officials have suggested that human error caused the crash.
 
Interior Minister Florencio Randazzo, whose ministry oversees train regulations, said the train brakes were inspected on Friday — one day before the accident, and the driver reported no mechanical failure.
 
Right after the crash, angry passengers surrounded the engine car that crashed, and cordoned off the track when angry passengers started throwing stones at railway employees. The motorman has reportedly been hospitalized in police custody.

It was the third major train crash in Argentina in less than two years. In February 2012, a train crash at the same station killed 51 people and injured over 700. Four months ago, two passenger trains collided on the same line. Three died and more than 100 were wounded in the June accident.

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