Inquiry to open into Valencia metro tragedy
25 July 2006, VALENCIA – An inquiry into the Valencia metro tragedy is to start hearing evidence on Thursday.
25 July 2006
VALENCIA – An inquiry into the Valencia metro tragedy is to start hearing evidence on Thursday.
More than 40 people were killed when a train derailed and crashed on 3 July. Speeding and a possible medical problem which could have affected the driver are among the suspected causes of the accident.
The inquiry will study 48 relevant documents and hear evidence from 32 people, including the general manager of the company Transportes, Jose Vicente Domine, and the security service manager of Metro Valencia, Arturo Roches.
But the socialist opposition of Valencia’s regional government has criticised the failure to give evidence of the regional conservative president Francisco Camps. The PSOE accused the PP ruling party of already reaching its conclusions on the disaster and holding the inquiry to terminate a problem.
The opposition also argues that the time allocated for the inquiry is "incredible and irrational". The conclusions of the investigation are to be drawn up by 2 August to be voted on two days later.
Defending itself, the PP said the regional Valencian parliament had never approved a commission with so many people giving evidence or so many documents to be considered.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news