The two station masters of Corato and Andria are the first two suspects for the train disaster that happened yesterday on the Corato-Andria line in Southern Italy, an accident that caused the death of 23 people and injured about fifty passengers.
The investigation led by the Prosecutor of Trani, has to verify three aspects: dynamics, responsibility, and the reasons of the delays in the ‘modernization of the line which from Ruvo di Puglia northwards has a single track.
“I was the one who gave the signal. I let the train go. Everyone is blaming me, but it was not only my fault,” Vito Piccarreta, Andria station master reacts to the investigation against him. Those who know him well, say that the man is “crushed by the weight of all those people who died in such a terrible way”, but they also point out that he has always been a professional and conscientious person.
Meanwhile, investigators are still trying to reconstruct the dynamics of the disaster: “the problem is not the single track, but the control system that is automated everywhere except here,” experts say. Some people even point their finger at the number of races that has increased dramatically over the last few years, following the introduced of a subway to the Bari airport. They denounce constant delays, supplementary trains and an increased workload for the few employees and the obsolete technologies.