• Short Summary

    PART OF THE BERNE-PARIS EXPRESS ??? ??? INTO THE SIDE OF A TUNNEL AT MESNAY?

  • Description

    PART OF THE BERNE-PARIS EXPRESS ??? ??? INTO THE SIDE OF A TUNNEL AT MESNAY ARBOIS, IN SOUTH-EAST FRANCE, TODAY (WEDNESDAY), KILLING TWO AND INJURING 33. THE TRAIN, CARRYING PASSENGERS FROM MILAN AND BERNE, WAS HEADING FOR PARIS AND HAS TRAVELLING AT 55 MILES PER HOUR (58 KMH) AS IT ENTERED THE TUNNEL.

    THE TWO DEAD, BOTH RAILWAY GUARDS, WERE IN A VAN, WHICH WAS TELESCOPED BY THE FOUR CARRIAGES BEHIND IT. THE INJURED, TEN OF WHOM ARE SERIOUSLY HURT, WERE IN TWO OF THE CARRIAGES.

    THE CAUSE OF THE CRASH WAS STILL NOT KNOWN TODAY (WEDNESDAY). EYE WITNESSES SAID THE TUNNEL WAS ALMOST COMPLETELY BLOCKED, HAMPERING RESCUE WORK. RESCUERS BATTLED IN FALLING SNOW TO FREE TRAPPED PASSENGERS.

    THREE OF THE TRAINS COACHES, INCLUDING A SLEEPING CAR, TURNED COMPLETELY ON THEIR SIDE IN THE TUNNEL. BUT THE LOCOMOTIVE AND THE FIRST COACHES STAYED UPRIGHT.

    THE LINE, WHICH IS SINGLE TRACK AT THE POINT OF THE CRASH, IS USED BY ALL CRACK EXPRESSES TO ITALY AND SOUTH-EAST EUROPE. RAILWAY OFFICIAL SAID THAT CLEARING OF THE WRECKAGE WILL TAKE ABOUT 48 HOURS, DURING WHICH TRAINS WILL BE DIVERTED VIA GENEVA.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7TQM74VEYXL8L40OB9Z5CTIJX
    Media URN:
    VLVA7TQM74VEYXL8L40OB9Z5CTIJX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/01/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:48:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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