So here's what was published in the press: "in the evening of December 21 50 minutes away from Kyiv high speed Hyundai train heading to Lviv broke down. It had been standing at Klavdiievo station for about 2 hours. According to unconfirmed reports, the cause of the emergency - collector failure and as a consequence, a wire break. As a result of the accident four commuter trains stuck halfway, and that is thousands of passengers. Also interregional trains had been blocked for some time, however, they were allowed to pass quickly - right after repairing the line."
But what remained a secret to this day is: when Hyundai was riding through Klavdiievo station a contact wire was ripped off. It got stuck on the column which was set over the cable lines. As a result, the current went through a bar to the cable ladder, where there were people .... As a result, a fire broke out which destroyed equipment totaling nearly one million hryvnia. Technically speaking it is called: "short circuit, high voltage 27 kV in SCB devices cables, followed by ignition of equipment in the post in a relay interlocking." People miraculously escaped unharmed.
Local authorities managed to hide a fire of this magnitude from the media . The station was temporarily turned into a regular block. But! Given that the so-called "train control center" burned down we get a huge section of the railway left without control specialists. The passengers in passing trains were not even aware that they had been in grave danger. On duty employee around the clock had to push the button manually to give the green light for passing train. I wonder what disaster might have happened if the person on duty fell asleep?
In one of the photos you can see a whole bunch of red wires from the remote that miraculously survived, which controls the operation of traffic lights. Local craftsmen stretched wires to the relay, but the crossing signals did not work. More striking is the fact that the management of the railway made local workers repair the expensive equipment with their hands and gave them 3 weeks. This term will expire on January 12. The missing parts were even ordered at the local plant at their own expense.
The fact that that after investing hundreds of millions of dollars in "high speed travel", the authorities did not care about the fact that the filling of such control centers as in Klavdiievo will be performed by artisanal methods, not even mentioning certification ....
The authorities intimidate workers with dismissal and demand conducting the impossible - to reconstruct the million dollar equipment with their hands. Photo with red wire is the best measure of the state of Ukrainian railway in the 21st century.
And yet, I wonder, to what other "man-made disasters" will the wretched Hyundais lead? I mean the tragedy at Klavdiievo station could be avoided. Chiefs of high-speed rail long before the incident knew that the pushing pressure of the Korean Hyundai's pantograph on the Ukrainian contact wire is too immense. But they did nothing. Who will answer for that? And what other tragedies should we expect from the Korean miracle?