Machinists Charged in Crash of Two Freight Trains in Ankara

Criminal mechanics in an accident where two freight trains collide in Ankara
Machinists Charged in Crash of Two Freight Trains in Ankara

The investigation into the train accident in which two drivers lost their lives in Ankara was completed. In the report prepared by the expert delegation, the two suspects who allegedly caused the accident, Mehmet Karaağaç and Murat Özyılmaz were accused.

According to the news of Mesut Hasan Benli from Hürriyet; “The train numbered 23012, under the direction of the machinists Mehmet Karaağaç and Murat Özyılmaz, departed from Çankırı Station on October 10, 2020 and set off towards Kırıkkale. Train number 23012 collided head-on with the train under the direction and direction of Hanifi Adem Yüksel and Ömer Baltat coming from the opposite direction near Kalecik Station. Drivers Yüksel and Baltat lost their lives in the accident.

In relation to the accident, an investigation was initiated against the engineers of the train numbered 23012. The two mechanics were released after being detained for a while. In the report prepared by the expert committee assigned in the file, the two suspects who allegedly caused the accident, Mehmet Karaağaç and Murat Özyılmaz were accused. Mehmet Ektaş, the lawyer of the suspect mechanic Mehmet Karaağaç, objected to the report, stating that the selected expert panel was not an expert on the subject. In his objection, Lawyer Ektaş said, "This accident resulted from the start of signal train operation over a line whose signaling infrastructure was not completed as in the Ankara YHT accident".

'DEAD MAN' DISABLED

The prosecutor's office filed a lawsuit against the suspect mechanics Mehmet Karaağaç and Murat Özyılmaz at the Ankara 15th High Criminal Court demanding imprisonment up to 7 years for 'causing death and injury by negligence'. In the indictment, it was stated that the drivers shut down the air cock of the Totman system, which is called the 'dead man' in German, which enables the train to be stopped by emergency braking in cases such as sleeping, fainting or even dying on duty, and that the train was sailing while the Totman system was disabled. In the indictment, it was stated that the suspect drivers exceeded the maximum speed limit, did not wait at the station when they should have waited, violated the red light, and did not respond to the announcements of the train traffic controllers over the radio. Suspected machinists Mehmet Karaağaç and Murat Özyılmaz will appear before the judge on May 27.

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  1. According to the administrative investigation, the necessary action should be taken.

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