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French station reopens after train crash which left six dead

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French station reopens after train crash which left six dead


Five days after a train crash which killed six people and injured dozens more, the station of Brétigny-sur-Orge has reopened to passengers.

The accident happened on the afternoon of Friday July 12 when an intercity train from Paris heading towards Limoges derailed, crashing into the station platform. Four of the six people who were killed were standing on the platform.

Initial findings by the SNCF suggest that a steel plate connecting two rails came loose and then stuck in a track switch close to a set of points outside the station, causing the train to derail.

For passengers at Bretigny, returning brought back difficult memories.

One woman said: “Unfortunately, an accident of this magnitude it makes you think. We are so insignificant. Because of a tiny thing, a small iron plate …. and lives are gone”.

Another woman added: “On the platform, it feels really sad. The whole thing is hard, and coming to Bretigny is even harder”.

Eighty percent of trains on the line are now back in service and the SNCF says they should all be back to normal by the end of July.

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