Experts investigating the causes of Yugoslavia's worst rail disaster have been re-enacting the events leading up to the crash.
Experts investigating the causes of Yugoslavia's worst rail disaster have been re-enacting the events leading up to the crash. which claimed at least 124 lives at Zagreb last Saturday (August 31).
Using the original deisel locomotive, which stayed on the rails even though the carriages it was hauling had been derailed, criminal investigators and railway experts carried out a detailed series of tests. On board the train were the original driver and his assistant who have been accused by the State Prosecutor of ignoring signals and entering Zagreb station at twice the normal speed -- 90 kms/n(55 mph).
As a result of the test, the authorities rebutted claims by the train driver that the locomotive's brakes failed. The investigators said the brakes were in better than average working order.
The express had been a special holiday relief train filled with 400 migrant workers, mostly Yugoslavs, who were travelling back to their jobs in West Germany. To complete the crash re-enactment, the investigators had coupled nine specially borrowed West German coaches to the original engine.
Five days after the disaster, only 34 of the victims had been positively identified. Many had been completely dismembered by the impact of the derailment. Relatives have made repeated appeals to the authorities to speed up the work of identification, and the Zagreb Institute of Pathology has started shipping coffins containing identified victims to relatives in other areas of Yugoslavia.