A train crash that killed more than 300 people in the Swiss town of Furness has left the countrys railways reeling, and questions have been raised about the safety of the railway clock that was used to keep track of the tragedy.
The train, an K2 that collided with a tram at the town’s train station in August, killed 30 people and injured nearly 300 others.
The rail company’s president, Jean-Claude Laudreault, said on Friday that the clock had been fixed on the roof of the locomotive shed, but it was not working properly, and that it would take months to get the clock fixed.
Railway officials told AFP news agency that it was a case of “unacceptable negligence”.
“We are working on a plan to get a clock installed in the train station.
The clock has been fixed at the end of the track, but not working correctly,” said a spokesman for the railway, who wished to remain anonymous.
Laudreaults spokesman, Jean Claude Laudres, said the clock was being used as a reference point for the locomotives track, and the clocks head was being moved in a “positive” manner.
“The clock head is attached to the locomotor head,” he told AFP.
“That way we can know the position of the head and track in real time, and therefore the time at which the train stopped and when it reached the next station.”
The clock was fixed to the top of the building, and was also attached to a chain that was attached to rails that went into the engine shed.
Laudres said the company was in contact with the families of the dead and would continue to assist them.
The accident happened on August 13, when a train travelling from Zurich to Geneva crashed into a tram carrying passengers at the train depot.
The locomotive engine, which had not been properly fixed, exploded and a huge plume of smoke engulfed the town, with some 300 people injured.
The explosion killed 10 people and left nearly 600 injured.