Valencia metro safety system is 'adequate'
4 August 2006, VALENCIA – The parliamentary inquiry into the Valencia metro disaster has concluded the accident could not have been foreseen nor prevented by regional politicians.
4 August 2006
VALENCIA – The parliamentary inquiry into the Valencia metro disaster has concluded the accident could not have been foreseen nor prevented by regional politicians.
The conclusions of the commission held to investigate last month’s crash, in which 43 people died, were approved by the ruling conservative PP party.
However, all the other parties in the regional parliament rejected the PP’s view that the safety system on line one – the oldest line on the network – is "adequate".
Metro drivers who gave evidence to the commission suggested a beacon was missing from the bend where the crash took place, which could have slowed the driver’s speed.
It was also suggested that an alternative safety system could have avoided the crash.
The PP argues it is clear that the main cause of the accident was the excessive speed of the driver and that "no political responsibility" can be assigned to the accident.
A full debate will be held on the inquiry on 11 August.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news