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'Train speeded up before crashing,' Randazzo

Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo
Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo
Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo

“Abosultely objective information,” such was the starting point of the Interior and Transport Minister Florencio Randazzo's speech as he addressed reporters at the government house to provide official information on today’s train accident. “I rule out no possibility,” Randazzo responded when he was asked about the possibility of a "sabotaje."

Florencio Randazzo held a press conference at the Casa Rosada presidential palace to explain motorman Julio Benítez “never contacted the tower of control to inform about any problems”.

Based on the data from the GPS, he revealed that the train speeded up at the final 900-meter route, crashing against the retaining wall in the platform N° 2 that restrained “most of the impact and prevented cars from toppling on top of each other.”

Randazzo also said that the train received “an integral revision” on Tuesday 15 with "the brake, traction and compression systems checked.” The Chapa 5 train that crashed today at the Once station, the minister added, counts on an extra system brake that operates “automatically” in the event of an emergency.

The head of the Interior and Transport office announced that the investigatition commission that was in charge of the Castelar rail tragedy that claimed the lives of 3 people back in June, will be also working with juidical authorities to “determine the truth” about what happened.

“Let’s be cautious in our statements. Nobody will twist our political will to reach the truth and to transform Argentina’s transport system,” Randazzo said and affirmed he ruled out “no possibility” regarding the cause of the crash.

“I rule out absolutely anything and I think justice must investigate. Just like in the case of Castelar, I am not here to determine the truth; I am simply providing objective data to inform the population on what happened,” Florencio Randazzo finally stated.

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