July 24, 2014
Investigation reveals Once train brakes were in 'good condition'
According to the report received by judges in the Federal Oral Court, "with respect to the state of the hoses inspected, they have been to be be in working order."
The findings further strengthen the theory that the locomotive was able to brake, but nevertheless continued along platform 2 in Once station, colliding with a wall and causing the deaths of 51 and injuring another 800.
One of the issues focused on during the investigation was if "security procedures were completed on the entirety of the brake hoses - the connecting pipes and brake itself - which form the braking system on the train Chapa 16," as well as determining the age of the system.
The experts consulted remarked that, while it was impossible to ascertain the equipment's age, they could confirm that "visual analyses have been carried out on all of the pipes inspected... without noting any faults in the areas observed."
"In the batch of auxiliary brake pipes observed no irregularities have been found that are applicable to this case," the report continues, concluding that the braking system were "found in adequate service condition."
The trial is scheduled to begin on March 18, with 29 individuals facing charges. Among those who will on trial are ex-Transport Secretaries Ricardo Jaime and Juan Pablo Schiavi, former service directors Roque, Mario and Claudio Cirigiliano and train driver Marcos Córdoba.