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Old July 4th, 2006, 09:25 AM   #1
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At Least 41 Killed In Spain Train Accident

At Least 41 Killed in Spain Train Accident
Jul 3, 9:13 PM (ET)
By CIARAN GILES
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VALENCIA, Spain (AP) - A subway train accelerated, shuddered and flipped off the tracks Monday in the Mediterranean port of Valencia, killing at least 41 passengers and injuring 47 in one of Spain's worst rail accidents, officials and witnesses said.

Regional authorities and a witness said the train was going too fast and one of its wheels broke into pieces, derailing the first car, which overturned. Victims were strewn in the tunnel. Officials did not say if the second car derailed.

Rescue workers hustled bloodied, sooty survivors from the tunnel. Anguished relatives cried out in grief and drew each other close as they waited outside the local morgue. The accident brought back memories of the 2004 terrorist attack on Madrid commuter trains that killed 191 people.

Authorities ruled out terrorism but have not determined the cause of the crash.

Justice Ministry official Rosa Sanchez told The Associated Press that at least 41 people were killed and all but eight had been identified. She said that the driver was among those killed. Officials earlier said mistakenly that the driver was not seriously hurt.
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I don't know if this is the proper site for news of this nature, and I apologize if it's not.
In any case, my heart goes out to the victims of theis horrible accident, their families, and to the people of Spain.
All are in my prayers.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 02:23 PM   #2
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yes, it's a horrible accident, we all are so impressed about it in Spain
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Old July 4th, 2006, 06:27 PM   #3
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News from the BBC:
Spain mourns train crash victims

--Sorry for the accident.
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Old July 4th, 2006, 07:04 PM   #4
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I wonder how is it possible that a wheel can break like that. How fast was the train going?
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Old July 6th, 2006, 10:00 PM   #5
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Valencia metro crash highlights safety flaws on city's oldest line

VALENCIA, Spain, July 5, 2006 (AFP) - Two days after Valencia's fatal underground train accident, normal service resumed but serious questions were being asked on Wednesday about the ageing safety apparatus on the Spanish city's oldest metro line.

At the moment of the accident on Monday, in which 41 people died, the black box recorder showed the train was travelling "too fast", at 80 kilometres an hour (50 miles an hour) on a curve on which there is a speed limit of 40 kilometres an hour.

Valencia's Line One is equipped with a system that with the help of sensors next to the rails alerts the driver if the train exceeds the permitted speed, but in the section where the crash happened there were no such sensors.

On Tuesday Valencia railway trade union spokesman Jose Aroca said that the driver, who died in the accident, must have experienced "a sort of loss of consciousness, of fainting".

The Valencia Regional Health Minister Rafael Blascosaid said there was "no piece of data allowing us to speculate on a cause" of a possible blackout of the driver. An autopsy found no alcohol or drugs in the driver's blood, he said.

The city's other three metro lines are also equipped with a more modern and more expensive system "which would have prevented the accident", said Pedro Diaz Caballero of the railway union SF.

This system "works all along the line and automatically stops the train when the driver exceeds a certain speed by a single kilometre (mile) per hour," Caballero told newspaper El Pais.

The paper also quoted a train driver with 25 years' experience who blamed the section of track where the crash happened: "Going round a corner, the train shakes and vibrates even if you're going at 40 kilometers per hour."

The tunnel has not been renovated, the rails are "worn all along the tunnel" and there are still wooden sleepers in place, the driver added.

Fernando Soto, secretary general of the railway union, said on Tuesday evening that the works council and management were looking into implementing a temporary alert system while more modern equipment is put in place.

In the meantime, Line One had resumed normal operations, as a sign indicated at Jesus station where Monday's accident took place.

"I'm taking (the train) because I work in town. But I have goose pimples," 49-year-old cleaner Teresa Marquez said.

"I'm not scared and anyway I don't have a choice," said 27-year-old David Mateo. "On Monday I took the train at midday and the accident happened at one o'clock. That can happen no matter where, on the train or on a plane."

Line One carries 1.5 million passengers every year, including a large number of students currently on holiday.

Outside the station, two massive cranes used to remove the mangled carriages have been dismantled and normal traffic has resumed.

Meanwhile a Valencia Roman Catholic Church official said that Pope Benedict XVI would pray at the scene of the accident on Saturday, stopping off there on his way from the airport when he visits the city for a Catholic festival, the World Family Meeting.

Passers-by at the site of the accident continued to lay flowers, religious images and messages of condolence amid rows of candles.
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Old March 17th, 2007, 04:03 PM   #6
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Fire closes Eurostar train

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/help/3681938.stm


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Old December 19th, 2007, 02:25 PM   #7
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TGV accident near swiss border


Un TGV Paris-Genève percute un camion: un mort, neuf blessés
FRANCE VOISINE | 10h36

Un TGV reliant Paris à Genève a percuté un camion mercredi matin sur un passage à niveau dans le département de l'Ain. L'accident a fait un mort et neuf blessés légers, a indiqué la sécurité civile.

La victime est le conducteur du poids-lourd. L'accident s'est produit sur un passage à niveau à hauteur de Vavrette-Tossiat, à une dizaine de kilomètres au sud de Bourg-en-Bresse, selon la SNCF. Neuf passagers du train ont été légèrement blessés, selon la préfecture.

TGV hit a truck on a railway crossing on wednesday morning near Vavrette-Tossiat. 9 passengers were hurt. Truck driver is dead. Fortunately train has not been passing the rail crossing at high speed.


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Old December 19th, 2007, 09:14 PM   #8
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There is no crossing in high speed tracks. The TGV train could run in normal tracks. Near the Swiss borber this is not an high speed line, so the TGV could not not go at high speed here.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 11:17 PM   #9
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The train was running at 110 km/h just after leaving the station at Bourg-en-Bresse, according differents news.
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Old December 19th, 2007, 11:57 PM   #10
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In the pics, youcan always only see the end of the train which is not damaged.

The front, that hit the truck. looks like that :
















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Old December 20th, 2007, 12:56 PM   #11
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Jeez, is the TGV driver OK?

Pity about the truck driver.
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Old December 20th, 2007, 03:38 PM   #12
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Quote:
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There is no crossing in high speed tracks. The TGV train could run in normal tracks. Near the Swiss borber this is not an high speed line, so the TGV could not not go at high speed here.
Yes, I do not where the separate high speed track begins. Up to the swiss border (at the side of GE canton) there is a normal track for all types of trains.


Here small schematic plan (deviation for Geneva near Mâcon)

@pflo777 - total devastation, all train derailed. Where is the truck?

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Old December 20th, 2007, 04:06 PM   #13
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the truck(or at least the poor rest of it) can be seen in the pics, where the intact head of the TGV train is visible. Of course, this was the end of the train. So the whole train passed the truck untill it came to a stop:

http://img132.imageshack.us/img132/1...15639w1lz5.jpg
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Old December 20th, 2007, 04:21 PM   #14
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That's sad for the truck driver and he's familly: making a mistake doesn't desserve to be crashed by a train. Thanks god: it was an "old-fashioned TGV" with a locomotive at each end. It wasn't a "more modern HS train" with passengers just behind the driver.
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Old December 21st, 2007, 01:12 AM   #15
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Unbeleivable damage for 110km/h compared to previous TGV crashes. What was the truck carrying? Something very heavy?
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Old December 21st, 2007, 01:45 AM   #16
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I found another truck photo

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Old December 21st, 2007, 05:24 AM   #17
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The TGV seems very damaged...

Why that?
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 04:18 PM   #18
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The TGV seems very damaged...

Why that?
euh... because he hit a truck?
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euh... because he hit a truck?
This must have been a heavy truck though. Most previous TGV crossing crashes have not been this bad. Has anyone seen a report into how heavy the load was?
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Old December 22nd, 2007, 08:08 PM   #20
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euh... because he hit a truck?
A truck made by rocks or what?
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