High-speed trains pass at the stop. The driver of the pendolin thus essentially had no chance of avoiding a collision with the child. On Friday and Saturday, people brought candles, flowers and toys to the accident site. Everyone wonders whether this could have been prevented.
The tragedy certainly wouldn’t have happened if the kids had used the subway on Friday. They would be safe on the other side of the residential area where the school is. And they didn’t have to go risky on the tracks. “The girl crossed the track outside the crosswalk,” said police spokeswoman Michaela Raindlová.
In some places the track is bordered with a noise barrier and partly with a fence. But you can walk through it without any problems. “Here in that case the children were probably imitating one of the adults,” says psychologist Sava Arabajiev.
Crossing the tracks would be quite common here. According to the locals, it would help if the fence were completely impenetrable. “However, it is not possible to place a fence everywhere. For example because of the accessibility of rescue services,” said spokeswoman Nela Frieb of the Railway Administration.
In the first 11 months of the year, 223 people died on the railroad and 262 were injured. Many of them are just as unnecessary as the schoolgirl in Pilsen on Friday.