Thursday, February 14th 2013 - 20:30 UTC

Witnesses of Argentina’ major train accident fear for their lives

Argentina’s Security Secretary Sergio Berni admitted that the sudden murder of Leonardo Andrada, a key witness in last year’s major rail tragedy investigation, was “suspicious.”

The accident on 22 February last year left 51 people dead and dozens injured

“A full expansion of the investigation needs to take place in order for a clear answer to be found” the government official said in talks with a Buenos Aires radio station in reference to the accident in one of Buenos Aires City busiest train terminal that killed 51 people and left hundreds of injured.

“It is completely suspicious. The Judiciary needs to advance in its investigation and make conclusions on the case” he added.

Andrada, 53, who drove the train part way to the Once terminal the day of the accident that caused 51 deaths on February 22 last year, was brutally murdered a week ago after being shot four times in the back at a bus stop in Ituzaingó, a Buenos Aires suburb.

The attackers stole his mobile phone in the incident, but did not take any of his other belongings, which included a rucksack and over 1.200 Pesos in cash in his pockets.

The Once train tragedy followed by other accidents in Argentina’s privatized railway system brought to light the dilapidated state of trains and the risks of travelling by rail in the country.

The heads of the concessions (with excellent political contacts) have argued that no investments or maintenance was possible with frozen rates, even despite the government’s subsidies to the transport industry.

However Argentine courts have indicted several former top officials from the current Cristina Fernandez administration and court proceedings are expected to begin in coming weeks.

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1 ChrisR (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 08:52 pm Report abuse
The only surprise here are:

1) It hasn't happened before now;

2) He had 1,200 Pesos in his rucksack. At the current rate in Punta Del Este that's USD 129 and 3 cents.

Is this the going rate for a hit in AR?
2 yankeeboy (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:26 pm Report abuse
Argentinian Justice.
Scary Scary Place
3 slattzzz (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 10:28 pm Report abuse
probably killed because he was about to blow the whistle on how bad the state of the railways actually are
4 ptolemy (#) Feb 14th, 2013 - 11:53 pm Report abuse
..Murder no doubt but what was the motive? What info did he have? The “bad the state of the railways,” is obvious without his testimony.
5 briton (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:39 am Report abuse
And again, its the innocent who suffer the ultimate price.
6 Anbar (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 01:03 am Report abuse
and anybody wonders why CFK and her cronies try to keep the Falklands in the news as much as possible?

the moment they stop doing so all this sort of shit starts getting reported... i really do hope CFK gets what she deserves in the long run.
7 lsolde (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 08:38 am Report abuse
@6 Anbar,
The Electric Chair?
8 reality check (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 09:43 am Report abuse
Sounds like a professional hit. Mophone only thing taken. I would be worried if my details were on its memory card.
9 ElaineB (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:20 am Report abuse
@8 Yes, the mobile phone was not a robbery but for information.
10 reality check (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 11:49 am Report abuse
Exactly. Someone wants to know who this poor man has been talking to. If I was looking for a motive, corruption would be top of my list. Suprise, suprise and I am not even a rocket scientist!
11 Optimus_Princeps (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 12:49 pm Report abuse
@6 & 7 No that would be too merciful. She deserves the same treatment as the people that she negligently allowed to die, while she hid and the police did nothing. The scum that she feeds with our money have no regard for any form of life. The things they do to women and children make the movie Saw look like a feature on the Disney Channel. She deserves what happened to them, as do all her cronies.

The rest of us need to get back to work uninterrupted, while these idiots that interfere have no business breathing let alone abusing power positions they don't deserve. The economy needs room to breathe, and the scum need to be sent on a suicide mission to the Falklands which aren't of any real concern. At least to some of us.
12 troy.tempest1 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 02:46 pm
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13 mastershakejb (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 03:26 pm Report abuse
lol yea, shutup! we don't wanna hear the truth, the truth hurts Argie ears and brains(if they can be called that)
14 Simon68 (#) Feb 15th, 2013 - 04:32 pm Report abuse
The train driver who was driving when the train crashed, Mr. Córdoba, took over from Mr. Andrada and was presumably briefed on the faulty state of the braking system. I believe that what the government want to do is to put ALL the blame on Mr. Córdoba, thus letting the real culprits off the hook.

With Mr. Andrada hors de combat, Mr. Córdoba will have a harder time proving his innocence!!!!!!
15 C0nqueror (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 01:48 am Report abuse
Zhivago get lost
16 golfcronie (#) Feb 16th, 2013 - 10:38 pm Report abuse
Send them to the FALKLANDS for clear up the minefields

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