December 19, 2013
Driver 'has a lot to explain,' Berni
The government is not holding to the sabotage theory but does not rule the possibility out, Security Secretary Sergio Berni said today as he considered driver of the train that crashed into a retaining wall at the Once station on Saturday “has a lot to explain.”
Berni had first warned that as elections near “things that are difficult to explain always come up” infuriating the La Fraternidad railway union. Today instead the official tried to change the tone of his statements saying that he was not accusing motorman Julio Benítez of leading a “sabotage” action against the government as the October 27 legislative battle approaches. But warned: “My grandfather used to say that witches don’t exist till you bump into them.”
“Beyond his guilt, the driver has a lot to explain,” the head of the Security office insisted. Why Benítez report no system failure or problems before the accident; why he accelerated as he entered the Once station exceeding regular speed rates; or why the hard drive of the cabin’s security camera was inside his backpack are some missing points the official wondered about.
Julio Benítez was recovering well at the Dupuyten clinic and might be discharged today. Federal judge in charge of the investigation is expected to summon the driver to court.
Following the crash, Benítez was attacked by commuters who accused him of the accident. The police then found the security camera’s hard drive in his personal belongings.