YEREVAN, November 1. /ARKA/. On November the 1st, at around 8:10am, a motor-car ran into an electric passenger train N 7011 operated on Araks-Yerevan route, at Echmiadzin-Masis section. None is injured, the press service of the South-Caucasian Railway reported. The accident was caused by negligence of the driver who neglected all security measures and crossed the railway jeopardizing passenger safety. It is the second rail accident in a week, says the report.
On October 30, around 1:00pm a freight train encountered an OPEL at Arteni-Karakert railway section. The train used emergency braking, ran into the car and threw it 6-7 meters away. One was killed and four injured in the accident.
The South Caucasian Railway, once again, reminds that car drivers can cross a railway crossing only if allowed by the gateman, if it is a guarded level crossing, or only when they are sure they are safe, in case with a non-guarded crossing. The company warns drivers against attempts to make it across before the train comes as it may lead to grave consequences.
Often drivers ignore the request of the gateman and try to bypass the gate, the report says.
It their turn, the company are taking all the required measures to ensure traffic safety. In particular, level crossings are re-equipped and repaired, measures are taken to establish malfunction and violations at crossings, and technical training is conducted with gatemen.
Trains cannot stop immediately: in case of emergency braking, train braking distance is not less than 800 meters.
South-Caucasian Railway closed joint stock company is fully owned by the Russian Railway ojsc and is operating Armenian railroads on concession. The concession agreement was signed on February 13, 2008, for 30 years, with a provision for extension for another 10 years. –0--