Tabika, Tunisia: level crossing collision takes at least 18 lives

17 Jun

At least 18 people were killed and three critically injured with 95 sustaining non-life threatening injure when a train hit a truck and derailed at a level crossing on June 16th, 2015 railway disasters. The collision was on a passive level crossing in Tabika, at about 06.30 am, some 60 km South of Tunis.

For many years, Tunisian Railways (SNCFT) has been underfunded with the network in a dilapidated state of repair and in need of upgrading. Despite this, the political response from Tunisia’s Transport Minister Mahmoud Ben Romdhane said the accident happened because there was not a barrier. As would be expected the Government has called for an inquiry.

There are some 1,150 level crossings in Tunisia with 250 of them active half-barrier equipped and a further 150 active with only lights. The remainder are passive.

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