Barchetta english summary

On Wednesday 21 November 2007, at about 9:50 a.m., two trains from Bastia (Haute-Corse) and Corte (Haute-Corse) were involved in a head-on collision between the stations of Ponte-Nuovo and Casamozza.
Following this accident, there were 30 injuries, 4 of which were serious.

The investigation revealed that the direct and immediate cause of the accident was the failure by one of the drivers of the two trains, to respect the compulsory stop in the open track station at Barchetta.
This was not compensated for by the guard.

Two factors may have contributed to the failure to respect the stop signal at Barchetta :
- The conversation between the driver and the guard on arrival at Barchetta,
- the relatively invisible position on the driver’s desk of the red stopping order.

Two organisational factors were also involved in this accident :
- the absence of monitoring of the stopping order issued, which makes it impossible to check whether the driver respected them, in retrospect,
- the absence of a document laying down the conditions for keeping a train log, requiring guards to keep one properly.

Furthermore, the internal layout of the vehicles may have caused or aggravated injuries to passengers.

Eight recommendations were made by the BEA-TT following this accident.
They were intended to :
- eliminate or reduce the number of crossings in the Open track stations (OTS),
- better ensure respect for stop orders in OTS,
- reduce the risks of injuries to passengers in the event of impact,
- improve the traceability of safety measures.

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