• Short Summary

    The night express Amsterdam-Ventimiglia, serving Paris and the French Riviera, travelling at 80 miles an hour south of Lyons, came off the rails between Fayzin and le Sarasin without loss of life, Mar 9.

  • Description

    The night express Amsterdam-Ventimiglia, serving Paris and the French Riviera, travelling at 80 miles an hour south of Lyons, came off the rails between Fayzin and le Sarasin without loss of life, Mar 9.

    Investigators blamed sabotage - the deliberate unbolting of a joint between two rails; police held for questioning thirteen Algerian Moslems some of them Railway employees.

    Investigators believed the sabotage had a good knowledge of rail construction, and with the right tools were able to unbolt the joint without interfering with the track-side signals lines.

    The crash injured 12, three of them seriously. Some hundred other passengers escaped unharmed.

    Rail officials described their escape as a miracle. Though the entire train came off the rails over two-thirds of a mile, the coaches missed striking a bridge.

    The width of the way with its four tracks also helped prevent the train from hurtling into the embankment to cause the usually fatal telescope or zigzag formation across the track.

    Solid construction in steel of the coaches was a major factor in reducing injuries. Another: locomotive used was electric. In a recent crash, an exploding steam locomotive caused the death of twenty passengers - burned alive.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA3THGWZZOR8VNE436CYEIVU5JA
    Media URN:
    VLVA3THGWZZOR8VNE436CYEIVU5JA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    10/03/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:17:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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