The tram driver that caused Thursday’s crash in Bucharest’s Lujerulul underpass has admitted his fault, telling investigators he might have avoided the collision with the two trams if he had a lower speed.
“He said he regrets what happened. He saw the stationary tram too late, used the breaks but couldn’t avoid the collision,” Traffic Brigade spokesperson Daniel Pistea stated. The tram driver is investigated for causing bodily harm, the aforementioned sources pointed out. According to Pistea, 92 persons were injured in the crash, of which “23 seriously and 6 lightly.” The injured persons have not filed complaints. Starting today all of them will be identified and heard, the Traffic Brigade spokesperson added. The number of victims that showed up at hospitals may have grown on Thursday afternoon after the Bucharest Public Transportation Administration (RATB) assured those injured of its “moral and material support.” On the other hand, the commission investigating the crash will ascertain whether the crash will be registered as a labor accident by the passengers’ employers or by RATB, Dantes Nicolae Bratu, general state inspector within Labour Inspection, stated on Friday. According to Bratu, quoted by Mediafax, the investigation commission will have to decide which juridical person will register the crash as a labor accident in which the victims were involved. The current legislation points out that the crash can be registered as such not only by the victims’ employers but also by the employer who is responsible with organizing urban transportation, namely RATB in this case. Three number 41 trams were involved in a crash within Bucharest’s Lujerului underpass on Thursday morning. According to RATB representatives, one of the trams broke down and stopped on the line. The second stopped safely behind it, but the third failed to break in time and smashed into the first two.