Various technical data indicate that the driver of a passenger train which struck a goods train on June 5th was distracted by his GSM. This is reported today (Tuesday) in L’Echo. The daily newspaper states that the investigators, assisted by mobile telephone operators, have been able to ascertain the time, shortly before the fatal crash, that the driver’s portable telephone was in use.
The driver indeed indicated having seen the double yellow light informing him that the next light would be red. However, distracted as he was by his GSM, he appears not to have slowed and then braked as would be expected. The technical investigation of the railway infrastructure management company Infrabel may also now be closed. It shows that everything was working normally.