Published On: Sat, Jul 13th, 2013

France train derailed, killing 6 and injuring dozens, blamed on ‘mechanical issues’

Mechanical problems may have been the cause of Friday’s fatal train derailment outside of Paris, France’s transportation minister said Saturday.

A crowded passenger train derailed at a station killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others. It was the country’s worst train accident in 25 years.

At least six dead as French train derailsThe train, heading to Limoges from Paris, derailed about 20 miles south of Paris and split in two. Witnesses said the train appeared to be going unusually fast and veered off the track as it entered the station, where it was not scheduled to stop. Cars smashed into one another, and some overturned.

On Friday night, the Interior Ministry confirmed that a dozens people had been seriously hurt. Nine of them were in critical condition, 22 had significant injuries and more than 200 were treated by emergency personnel.

Frederic Cuvillier, the transportation minister, said Saturday that a mechanical problem, and not human error, was likely the cause of the derailment, and investigators were looking at possible problems with the switching system as well as other possibilities.

Guillaume Pepy, the president of the French national railway company, SNCF, said at least 370 people were on the train, many of them heading home for a holiday weekend or to central France for summer vacations. The national holiday of Bastille Day is on Sunday.

Marc Cheutin, 57, told Agence France-Presse that he had to “step over a decapitated person” to exit the carriage he had been traveling in. “Shortly after departure, just as I was getting into my book, we felt a first shock that shook the carriage I was in,” he said. “Then there was a second shock, and the carriage lifted up, then a third and a fourth, and the carriage went over on its side.”


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