The Romanian carrier CFR Călători reported that on Saturday evening, March 25, 2023, at the Galati station, while coupling the Regio 7576 Galati-Măreşti train, the locomotive crashed into the first carriage. According to preliminary information, four people were injured in the impact: train driver, two conductors and a passenger. It is reported by Railway Supply magazine with reference to Kurier Kolejowy.

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Paramedics were called to the scene and the injured were taken to hospitals. Unfortunately, it later emerged that the train driver, a 53-year-old woman, had died in the hospital. The ambulance team that arrived at the scene stabilized her condition on the platform and supported her on the way to the hospital, but repeated cardiac arrest in the hospital turned out to be fatal.

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The probable cause of the accident is a technical malfunction. The locomotive train driver had 15 years of experience. The locomotive collided with the train during the coupling due to its high speed. He had to enter with a maximum speed of 10 km/h, but the speed was not lower than 30 km/h. The train driver allegedly wanted to slow down, but the locomotive did not respond to commands. According to the director of CFR Călători, this is an old locomotive, but it has passed all the necessary technical inspections in time.

After a serious accident at the Galati station, CFR Călători issued a statement from General Manager Traian Preoteas: “I will take responsibility for the actions or inaction of any CFR Călători employee, identified by the investigating authorities, which could have prevented this tragedy, which led to the death of our colleague. However, I cannot put up with the chronic underfunding of the railway system over the past 30 years! I am deeply saddened. We express our condolences to the family of the deceased and will provide all the necessary support at this difficult time!”

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