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The Foreigner Demands for train fire inquiry. Opposition politicians are calling for an inquiry into yesterday’s Bergensbanen train fire that forced the evacuation of over 250 passengers. There was no chance of stopping the express train before it entered the tunnel with the wooden snow shelter, even though the driver “reacted as he should,” according to National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) press spokesperson Harry Korslund. “The train lost power as it approached the station area as the overhead electric cable had already burnt up. The driver pulled the emergency brake when he saw the burning snow shelter in front of him and the wheels stopped turning, but the train did not come to a halt in time,” he tells Bergens Tidende.

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Demands for train fire inquiry

Published on Friday, 17th June, 2011 at 14:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

Opposition politicians are calling for an inquiry into yesterday’s Bergensbanen train fire that forced the evacuation of over 250 passengers.



There was no chance of stopping the express train before it entered the tunnel with the wooden snow shelter, even though the driver “reacted as he should,” according to National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) press spokesperson Harry Korslund.

“The train lost power as it approached the station area as the overhead electric cable had already burnt up. The driver pulled the emergency brake when he saw the burning snow shelter in front of him and the wheels stopped turning, but the train did not come to a halt in time,” he tells Bergens Tidende.

Whilst the clean-up operation is now underway, the Administration admits construction materials were to blame for the tunnel blaze that destroyed the shelter, eight train carriages, mobile communications, and inflicted considerable damage to Hallingskeid station.

“Ideally, it would have been made of something more fireproof, such as steel or concrete. This costs a great deal more than wood with aluminium cladding,” Head of Information Ingrid Hjertaas, tells NRK.

Knut Arild Hareide, leader of the Christian Democratic Party (KrF), says, “The Rail Administration will have to give us a professional evaluation of its snow shelters using experiences from yesterday’s incident.”

Accident Investigation Board officials are inspecting the scene, but the cause of the fire remains a mystery.

“Millions of kroner can always be replaced, and find some consolation in the fact that nobody was injured,” Mr Korslund says, assuring passengers they will receive compensation for what they lost.



Published on Friday, 17th June, 2011 at 14:06 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: hallingskeidtrainfire, bergensbanen.


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