Argentine gov't blames company for fatal accident in Buenos Aires

13:21, February 18, 2011      

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Argentine Federal Planning Minister Julio de Vido on Thursday said Ferrobaires train company was responsible for the fatal accident occurred in Buenos Aires because the train was in bad conditions.

During a press conference in the building of the Economy Ministry, De Vido said "the clear responsibility is that someone dispatched the train in bad conditions."

On Wednesday night, four people died and 80 were injured in Buenos Aires when a train of Ferrorabires company crashed against the urban line of San Martin in San Miguel locality, some 35 kilometers northeast to Buenos Aires.

De Vido said that two of the four brakes of the Ferrorabires train were not working and added that the controls of the train were in charge of "Buenos Aires province."

"This talks about the clear and grave irresponsibility, at least of the one who dispatched the train," he said.

Meanwhile, federal judge in charge of the case Manuel Yalj said that one of the train's brakes "was immobilized with nails and the other one has a lock."

Yalj told a local radio station that they are "working on colleting the proofs" near San Miguel station.

De Vido also said that in the last seven years the Argentine government has invested 7.5 billion Argentine pesos (1.875 billion U.S. dollars) to improve the railway system in the country.

Source: Xinhua

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