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Sydney Train Travels 18 Miles in Wrong Direction, Paper Says

By Jason Cadden

Sydney, July 25 (Bloomberg) -- A suburban Sydney train traveled 30 kilometers (18 miles) in the wrong direction in morning rush-hour, sparking calls for an inquiry into the Olympic city's rail system just seven weeks before the Games begin, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. A spokesman for railway co- coordinator Ron Christie said the incident, one of three bungles yesterday, was human error not equipment failure, and a plan to solve the rail crisis would include signals staff as well as drivers. New South Wales state Opposition leader Kerry Chikarovski demanded an independent inquiry into training for signal staff after yesterday's mistakes, the Herald reported.

Last December, six people were killed and about 50 injured when two trains traveling on the same track collided at the foot of the Blue Mountains, west of Sydney.

(The Sydney Morning Herald, 7/25, p.5)

-- (, July 25, 2000

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