As many as 100 people may have died when two packed local trains crashed head-on in a tunnel near Soissons, north of Paris, on Friday night (June 16).
SV & MV Rescue workers amongst wreckage in caved-in tunnel (6 shots)
CU Crack in roof of tunnel PAN to rescue workers (3 shots)
MV Rescue workers moving equipment towards tunnel entrance (2 shots)
GV Police, Red Cross workers and onlookers in village street (3 shots)
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Background: As many as 100 people may have died when two packed local trains crashed head-on in a tunnel near Soissons, north of Paris, on Friday night (June 16). Experts thought part of the tunnel may have collapsed prior to the crash.
An army of rescue workers struggled, often with their bare hands, to reach survivors. But their efforts were hampered by the threat of further rockfall. In the collisions, the leading coaches of the two main diesel trains were forced by the impact up into the roof of the tunnel. Fears of a complete cave-in prevented rescuers from using heavy drilling equipment.
By nightfall on Saturday, nearly 50 bodies had been recovered from the wreckage. But rescuers feared that this figure could double. they were at that time unable to reach one entire carriage, buried under the debris.
One doctor on the scene reported that there were still several people alive in the wreckage, including a young pregnant woman.