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Investigators speculate that the driver may have been attempting to make up this lost time by increasing the train's speed beyond customary limits. Many reports from surviving passengers indicate that the train was travelling faster than normal. Plus, the driver might have been stressed because he would be punished both for having passed by a red light and for having overshot the platform at Itami Station. Ten months before the crash, the same driver had been reprimanded for overshooting a station by 100 meters. At the time of the disaster, he might have been thinking of the punishment he would face, and not totally focused on driving.
In the case of the Spanish crash, the press are quoting single phrase reportedly from radio cummunications between the drivers and control, moments before the accident. The driver is supposed to have said "we're going at 190, we're going to derail". What is not reported is what the control was telling the driver before and after this, when it's supposedly "a conversation".

So, the official narrative is already that this was a driver error. What I want to know is that the driver was not being pressured to make up for a 5-minute delay to avoid passenger ticket reimbursements for late arrival.

Finance is the brain [tumour] of the economy

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Thu Jul 25th, 2013 at 08:02:24 AM EST
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