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The Foreigner Sjursøya train crash update: What went wrong?. Accident Investigation Board holding all options open. Whilst safety authorities and police pick their way through the wreckage of yesterday’s fatal accident at Sjursøya, there are several theories as to what might have happened.Brake failure? Aftenposten claims several sources in the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) confirm the wagons are normally secured by a mechanical brake built in to the tracks, because the loading/unloading area is on a slope.

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Sjursøya train crash update: What went wrong?

Published on Thursday, 25th March, 2010 at 11:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 26th March 2010 at 16:00.

Accident Investigation Board holding all options open.



Whilst safety authorities and police pick their way through the wreckage of yesterday’s fatal accident at Sjursøya, there are several theories as to what might have happened.

Brake failure?

Aftenposten claims several sources in the Norwegian National Rail Administration (Jernbaneverket) confirm the wagons are normally secured by a mechanical brake built in to the tracks, because the loading/unloading area is on a slope.

“The other wagons began to roll when an extra one was to be coupled to them. The track-mounted brake should have be on at that point, but released somehow. The important question is why,” Kurt Olsen, the administration’s departmental leader for railways tells VG.

A succession of malfunctions

Aftenposten also believes several other safety systems failed. A mechanism that automatically switches runaway trains onto a side track ending in a gravel pile was found to be faulty, according to the administration’s director Svein Horrisland.

Erik Ø. Johnsen, director at the Railway Inspectorate (Statens jernbanetilsynet), tells VG the train’s high speed could have been because the wagons’ airbrakes were disconnected when switching locomotives at a freight terminal.

Attempts to derail the speeding train at Alanbru by the train dispatcher were also futile because the so-called track barrier, which should have switched the tracks, was found to be too weak, according to Aftenposten.

Inspections

Meanwhile, safety personnel at CargoNet, the goods train’s owners, say they’re baffled. However, the inspectorate say assessments of CargoNet’s safety management in 2008 and 2009 revealed discrepancies.

“We’ve found inconsistencies in several areas. But these haven’t been critical to safety in the short-term,” Johnsen informs VG.

Police say they’ve questioned all on-duty personnel who witnessed the accident, but nobody has been indicted.




Published on Thursday, 25th March, 2010 at 11:27 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 26th March 2010 at 16:00.

This post has the following tags: oslo, alnabru, sjusoeya, train, disaster, wreck, cargonet.





  
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