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Norway FLIRT train crash driver charged. UPDATED: Police in Vestfold county, west of Oslo, say they have indicted the train driver involved in the recent test train derailment that injured five people. Whilst nobody can say yet exactly what caused the crash, police prosecutor Hildegunn Mikkelsen tells VG “We have charged a person as we have reasonable grounds to suspect circumstances that could give rise to a custodial sentence. The indicted individual has a role we wish to look at more closely.” Officials from the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) reported the train was travelling at 135 km/h (about 84 mph) in a 70 km/h (approximately 44 mph) area, along tracks with relatively sharp curves. Rail conditions were reportedly snow and ice-free, and no faults were found with the tracks.

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Norway FLIRT train crash driver charged

Published on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012 at 16:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 22nd February 2012 at 22:07.

UPDATED: Police in Vestfold county, west of Oslo, say they have indicted the train driver involved in the recent test train derailment that injured five people.

Flirt train following derailment
Flirt train following derailment
Photo: Norwegian Accident Investigation Board


Whilst nobody can say yet exactly what caused the crash, police prosecutor Hildegunn Mikkelsen tells VG “We have charged a person as we have reasonable grounds to suspect circumstances that could give rise to a custodial sentence. The indicted individual has a role we wish to look at more closely.”

Officials from the Norwegian Accident Investigation Board (AIBN) reported the train was travelling at 135 km/h (about 84 mph) in a 70 km/h (approximately 44 mph) area, along tracks with relatively sharp curves. Rail conditions were reportedly snow and ice-free, and no faults were found with the tracks.

NSB director Tom Ingulstad said to Dagbladet, Friday, “there is no train driver who deliberately drives at such a high speed in a 70 zone [...] obviously something must have happened here, but we don’t know what.”

The AIBN has not released any updates since its previous bulletin but is continuing investigations, It has still not ruled out the accident was due or partly due to mechanical or technical failures.

“We’ll be conducting a closer examination in the next few days. We have not found any faults with the train, but this cannot be excluded,” says Knut A. Olsen to NRK.

The 56-year-old driver, who was thrown forward against the front windshield during the derailment and sustained rib damage, is due to be interviewed in the next few days.

NSB communications advisor Mai-Bente Paulsen would not issue any statement regarding police charges, as “It’s a matter for police and prosecutors to comment upon.”



Published on Wednesday, 22nd February, 2012 at 16:16 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 22nd February 2012 at 22:07.

This post has the following tags: flirttraincrash, norwayflirttrainaccident, trainderailmentnorway.


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