Reasons for KAI to sue the driver of the car that collided with the KRL in Depok

KOMPAS.com – An accident occurred between a car and a KRL Commuter Line at Citayam-Depok crossing, Wednesday (20/4/2022) morning.

The location of the accident is precisely at kilometer 34+4/5 between the Bogor-Jakarta Kota station.

The train that was hit was numbered KA 1077 (Bogor-Jakarta Kota). Meanwhile, the car was dragged about 10 meters and caught between the train carriages and the guardrail.

The driver of the car, Ahmad Yasin, was not injured and immediately left the scene.

For this incident, PT Kereta Api Indonesia (Persero) will report and hold accountable the car driver involved in the accident with the KRL.

So, what is the reason KAI will sue and report the car driver?

Read also: KAI demands the driver of the car who broke through the doorstop until he was hit by a KRL in Depok

KAI explanation

Reported from Kompas.com, (21/4/2022), VP of Public Relations of KAI, Joni Martinus, said that his party regretted the carelessness of car drivers who did not prioritize train travel, causing accidents.

“KAI will hold the car driver accountable for his actions for not prioritizing train travel, causing damage to facilities and disruption to travel,” he said.

He said that all road users must prioritize train travel when crossing level crossings.

This is based on Law (UU) 23 of 2007 concerning railways and Law 22 of 2009 concerning Road Traffic and Transportation.

In Law Number 23 of 2007 concerning Railways, Article 124 states:

  • “At the intersection of a plot between a railway line and a road, road users must prioritize rail travel”

Then in Law 22 of 2009 concerning Road Traffic and Transportation, Article 114 states, namely:

  • “At level crossings between the railway line and the road, the vehicle driver must stop when the signal has sounded, the rail gate has begun to be closed and or there is another signal, put the train first, and give the first right to the vehicle that crossed the rail first.”

KAI, the Directorate of Railway Safety of the Ministry of Transportation and local territories have closed the illegal crossing, so that similar incidents will not happen again.

“KAI urges the public to be careful when crossing a highway with a railway line. Make sure the path to be traversed is safe, look right and left, and obey the signs,” said Joni

Read also: Chronology of KRL Accident Collision with Car in Citayam, Depok

Legal response

Meanwhile, quoted from Kompas.com(21/4/2022), Ahmad Yasin’s attorney, Syarif Hidayatullah said that he had not yet received an official report on the demands of PT KAI.

“Until today, we don’t know the official demands from PT KAI. Even if there are demands later, for example, we also need to learn about the problem first,” said Syarif when contacted, Thursday (21/4/2022).

According to him, the claim must be accompanied by logical reasons legally.

“But the point is, we respect that for example PT KAI will prosecute, of course with measurable reasons that we can accept and understand legally,” said Syarif.

However, before receiving the official report, Syarif said that his party also wanted to make efforts to negotiate with PT KAI to resolve this issue through deliberation.

(Source: Kompas.com/M Chaerul Halim, Dio Dananjaya, Ihsanuddin | Editors: Ivany Atina Arbi, Azwar Ferdian, Ihsanuddin)

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