Serious train crash narrowly averted near Haifa

November 24, 2005 20:26

A serious disaster was narrowly averted Thursday morning when an emergency alert system prevented two Israel Railways trains from a head-first collision near Haifa. Around 11 a.m. Friday morning, two trains barreled towards each other on the same track after a train driver heading north crossed on a red light upon his exit from the Hof Hacarmel station. At the last moment, an electronic warning system was activated and both trains used their emergency brakes and stopped the trains, a few dozen meters between tragedy and a near-miss. Channel Two news reported that the area around the track upon which the near-miss occurred was undergoing serious infrastructure repairs at the time of the incident and that the number of available tracks had been reduced from three to one. The incident is currently under investigation and it is still not clear why the initial error occurred.

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