Society • 20 June, 2018

Astana – Almaty train derailment: Investigation is under my personal control - Kazakh PM

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June 19 at the meeting of the Government chaired by the Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, the running off the rails of passenger cars of the Astana – Almaty train in the Zhambyl region was considered outside of the planned agenda.

As is known, as a result of the incident, 25 passengers received various injuries, a 12-year-old child died. Bakytzhan Sagintayev expressed his condolences to the relatives and friends of the deceased boy.

To find out the reasons for the derailment of the train cars, an emergency operations center has been formed to coordinate actions to eliminate the consequences of the derailment. Kanat Alpysbayev, president of the National Company "Kazakhstan Temir Zholy," reported on the progress of the center’s work on the video conferencing mode.

As Alpysbayev noted, this case has a number of technical indicators which are not typical for similar train derailments. Namely — the lack of longitudinal displacement of the rail and the descent on the straight section of the road. It was noted that the last planned diagnosis of this section of the route was carried out 06.06.2018, there were no remarks. The established speed on the site is 100 km/h, the actual speed of the passenger train was 92 km/h.

According to the KTZh head, specialists of the M. Tynyshbayev Kazakh Academy of Transport and Communications and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Railway Transport have been involved, they will conduct scientific and technical research and simulation of the train situation taking into account the factors that have taken place.

Also, the commission in real conditions organized the transportation of freight train which at the time of the derailment was on the neighboring path. According to the results of this experiment, the probability that the reason for the derailment was tangential contact with the freight train was excluded. This contact occurred due to the derailment of passenger cars.

"At present, the commission is examining the technical condition of the infrastructure of the section of the road. Instrumental measurements of rolling stock will be carried out. As a result of the investigation, appropriate measures will be taken to prevent such cases. The commission plans to finish work by the end of the month of this year. To date, control over the safety of train traffic on all sections of the railway have been increased," Alpysbayev said.

Chairman of the commission for the investigation of the accident, First Deputy Minister for Investments and Development Roman Sklyar in his turn reported that the ministry is currently under constant monitoring with timely diagnostics of high-speed sections by the relevant services.

"In accordance with the procedure, such inspections are held twice a month. With the latest diagnosis, the condition of the tracks met the technical requirements. All cars of this train were 2012-2014 years of release, they timely passed pre-trip technical check and planned types of repair in accordance with the requirements of regulatory and technical documentation," Sklyar said.

According to the Minister of Internal Affairs Kalmukhanbet Kassymov, a criminal case has been opened on this fact. A special group of investigators is working on the scene, which left Astana.

"Now witnesses are being questioned, we are preparing an examination. The course of investigation of the criminal case are under the control of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and the Main Transport Prosecutor's Office. The results will be reported additionally," Kassymov reported.

Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov reported on the state of the victims and the medical care provided. So, as a result of the accident, 25 passengers were injured, one person was killed. Passengers were provided with ambulatory medical care (17 in Zhambyl region and 8 in Almaty). 24 people have been sent home after providing medical care. One of the passengers needed an operation: he is in Shu City Hospital and fully provided with drugs and medical assistance.

Following the consideration of the issue, Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev gave a number of specific instructions.

In particular, KTZh together with the Akimat of Karaganda region is entrusted to render the necessary assistance to the family of the dead.

Ministry of Healthcare – to take control and provide quality treatment to the victims.

Ministry of Internal Affairs jointly with the Ministry for Investments and Development, Kazakhstan Temir Zholy company and other interested state bodies are charged with conducting a thorough investigation of the reasons for the derailment of wagons.

"I want to note that the investigation of this incident is on my personal control. Kanat Kaliyevich, I instruct you to personally bring the results to the public on the results of the commission’s work," Prime Minister summed up.

Recall, at 13:25, June 17, 2018, when the Astana – Almaty passenger train No. 9 was on the section Sary – Shagan – Shu, eight cars ran off the rails in 50 km from Shu, 2 of them turned over.

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