Apu­lia train crash probe fo­cuses on alert sys­tem

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The in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Tues­day’s head-on train crash in south­ern Italy that killed 27 peo­ple is fo­cus­ing on the an­ti­quated alert sys­tem on the line.

They are look­ing into one of the black boxes re­cov­ered at the scene of the col­li­sion, on a re­mote sin­gle-track line north of the city of Bari.

The sys­tem re­lied on tele­phone calls and “hu­man er­ror” re­mains the main line of in­quiry, re­ports say.

Dozens of res­cue work­ers are still search­ing the wreck­age.

The in­quiry is fo­cus­ing on the lack of au­to­matic sig­nalling sys­tem on a small part of the Ital­ian rail­way net­work.

The stretch of track be­tween the towns of An­dria and Co­rato in the south­ern re­gion of Apu­lia where the crash hap­pened did not have an au­to­matic alert or brake sys­tem.

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