By John Smith • 15 November 2015 • 10:24
TGV train on earlier test of Paris to Strasbourg line
A TGV high-speed train, testing a new stretch of rail on the Paris-Strasbourg line which is due to open next year, crashed on November 14, leaving at least 10 people dead and 12 who are seriously injured.
The first thoughts were, of course, that this might be yet another terrorist attack but investigators have declared that it was an accident caused by excessive speed which meant that the train derailed.
This test run was carrying 49 railway technicians employed by SNCF through the town of Eckwersheim and the accident couldn’t have happened at a worse place, as it derailed while on a bridge and the engine caught fire as it and the carriages plunged into Marne-Rhine canal below.
Emergency services including helicopters who airlifted some of the injured to hospital were reported to have arrived quickly.
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Married to Ophelia in Gibraltar in 1978, John has spent much of his life travelling on security print and minting business and visited every continent except Antarctica.
Having retired several years ago, the couple moved to their house in Estepona and John became a regular news writer for the EWN Media Group taking particular interest in Finance, Gibraltar and Costa del Sol Social Scene.
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