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Two Swedish teens killed in train accident

TT/The Local · 9 Sep 2010, 19:44

Published: 09 Sep 2010 16:03 GMT+02:00
Updated: 09 Sep 2010 19:44 GMT+02:00

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Exactly what caused the accident remains under investigation.

“The train saw them from a long way away and signaled, but they weren’t able to get out of the way,” police spokesperson Björ Blixter to the TT news agency.

Several of the victims' classmates from nearby Nösnäsgymnasiet high school witnessed the accident, prompting the school to call a crisis meeting shortly after the accident, the Göteborg-Posten (GP) newspaper reported.

According to the newspaper, the accident took place at an unguarded crossing across the tracks about 500 metres from the school which featured signals and lights, but no booms, and was often used by students to cross the track on their way to and from school.

In addition to the students, there were several others who witness the event, many of whom will be interviewed by police in an effort to learn more about the exact chain of events.

“We consider what happened to be an accident, but we’re going to investigate what happened,” said police spokesperson Stefan Gustafsson.

Emergency services were called about the accident shortly after 1.30pm.

The train was traveling north on a single track just south of Stenungsund station at the time of the accident.

Two trains had to be rerouted and at least on train remain stuck on the tracks while authorities worked to clear the track at the scene of the accident.

“Buses have been called in to replaced the cancelled trains,” Lars Hedström of the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket) told TT.

Trains along the line, known as the Bohusbanan, were taken out of service for several hours during the afternoon while crews examined signals along the stretch of track near the accident site.

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“We’re going to test the signaling equipment before trains can be let through,” said Hedström.

By 5pm, trains were once again running normally, but with delays of up to 30 minutes.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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22:44 September 9, 2010 by stabbull
(the train saw them from a long way away and signaled, but they werent able to get out of the way),

so were they stuck on the tracks or what?
23:07 September 9, 2010 by Localer
why the train did not apply emergency break ?
23:20 September 9, 2010 by Kaethar
@stabbull: Yes, frozen in fear...

@Localer: Er... An emergency break would hardly have helped considering the speed the train was going at and how close they were. By "seeing them from a long way a way" they mean seconds before impact. :(
23:42 September 9, 2010 by N18h7m4r3
Horrible to read something like this.

Emergency brakes can stop a train going at 100 km/h in 250 m. Seeing them from a long way away would imply at least 1 km or more.

May be some brakes were applied but if they weren't they should have been since it would have given much more time for the girls to get away from whatever they were stuck in.
23:43 September 9, 2010 by Dr Love
Seems like Suicide to me!
23:53 September 9, 2010 by Puffin
People in Sweden take such huge risks - say a guy climb under the barrier yesterday in Uppsala when the lights were flashing red and run in front of a train to avoid waiting

I always though that you needed 0.5-2 km to stop a loaded passenger train safely without risking injury to those ombord?

Of course there have been cases of suicide by train
00:45 September 10, 2010 by Da Goat
something is fishy about this story they had a reasonable time to get away and did not I detect a darwin award here some place!

it is sad when they get so scared they can't react to save your own life, the only sure thing one can gather it is not the trains fault! High speed rolling guillotines are dangerous people!
07:19 September 10, 2010 by mikewhite
Two cases in the UK in 2008 of people killed by trains after getting their foot caught.
09:04 September 10, 2010 by Puffin
All the information seems to point to this being a very tragic accident

Some unconfirmed witness reports say that the girls were listening to mp3s and had headphones on - which may explain their slow reactions.

Feel very sorry for the families - according to the Swedish press the first emergency worker on the scene was the father of one of the girls
11:20 September 10, 2010 by flintis
@Lokaler: the driver might have been having a coffee "break"

The report said the "train" saw them trains do not have eyes or brains, besides if the driver saw them "a long way away and applied the emergency "BRAKE" it takes a passenger train travelling at speed circa 3/4 of a mile (1,3km) to stop.

This is why you should not loiter on train tracks
12:19 September 10, 2010 by Kevin Harris
The braking distance of a train, and time to impact calculation, is effected by multiple factors including speed, weight, gradient, model of train, condition of train, visibilty, reaction time of the driver, and weather conditions.

Engineers will need several weeks/months to calculate what was reasonable/unreasonable. Speculation a few hours after the accident is pointless.
12:30 September 10, 2010 by crofab
Seriously, how stupid do you have to be to be hit by a train? It's on a set track, it doesn't accelerate quickly, you can hear it, you can see it, you can usually even feel the vibration of it. What's more, at any pedestrian crossing there will usually be lights and barriers and all kinds of other warning signs. I feel terrible for their families, but my guess is that it was just plain stupidity at hand here.
14:53 September 10, 2010 by mikewhite
I think "negligence" would be a preferable term to "stupidity" where deaths were involved.
14:54 September 10, 2010 by flintis
@Kevin Harris: The majority of these factors are taken into account by the ATC, traction & braking electronics, which have to calculate the braking effort required in order to bring the vehicle to a standstill within a given distance irrespective of the type, age or condition of the "train". All of which is recorded on the vehicle & the engineers can download in minutes.

On the other_hand the initiation of these calculations thereupon, relies on the operators (drivers) input.
13:51 September 12, 2010 by OfeliaBlom
Let stick to the facts now - there are so many rumours. I live at Stenungsund - I know one of the victims.

There is 50 meter from the point where the driver can see the crossing (there is a sharp curve). For 100 km/hour this means 3 seconds. It takes 2 seconds to react. No one of them had a chance. Neither the driver nor the girls.

SInce the driver is pretty high up he might have seen them about 20 meters earlier - but that was too late anyhow.

There are 3 meter high bushes - or "weed" - on both sides of the tracks. They stop pretty much of the sound.

Eyewitnesses said the sound signal started at the same moment the girls put their feet on the first rail. The din not even had the time to look over the shoulder before they where hit.

The girls where speaking to each other and not encapsulated by headsets & music. One of the girls did definitely not have headset - it was found elsewhere.

The sound signal have had problems before. The day right before for example. http://www.aftonbladet.se/nyheter/article7757674.ab (if link fails look at Aftonbladet 10 September)

I know school kids have had problems earlier with the signals.

So now when facts are revealed - please stick to the facts!

The truth is bad enough.
16:02 September 12, 2010 by Kevin Harris

Your knowledge of train accidents (and everything else) is uncanny. It's good to know we have you around to share it with us.
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