A jet-engined French "supertrain" jumped the rails west of Paris on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring 41.
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Background: A jet-engined French "supertrain" jumped the rails west of Paris on Tuesday, killing four people and injuring 41. Firemen struggled for several hours to free passengers from the wrecked carriages, which left the rails at almost 85 miles an hour (140km) and smashed into a trackside crane. The leading Turbine caught fire but the blaze was quickly put out.
The driver of the train was among the dead. It was the first accident involving the high-speed turbo-trains sinc??? they came into service two years ago. Officials said it ???m???d due to a points failure. An inquiry was begun immediately.
The accident occurred at Breval, near Mant???s, 35 miles (56 kms) west of Paris. The turbo-train -- powered by jet engines used in the French Alouette helicopter -- was running from Paris to Ca???n, in Normandy, 145 miles (225 kms) away. There were reports that the train struck a lump of metal which fell from a preceding train and lodged in the points system, causing the derailment. The train carried 172 passengers.
SYNOPSIS: Thirty-five miles from Paris a jet supertrain travelling at eighty-five miles an hour jumped the rails killing four people.
It happened Tuesday morning as the express passed through Mantes on its way from Paris to Caen in Normandy. Normally the train does the one-hundred-and-fifty miles journey in one hour 55 minutes.
The two engines pulling the jet-powered train left the rails at a points junction. There were reports that a lump of m???t???l fell from an earlier train and lodged in the points, causing the derailment.....
The driver of the train was among the dead. Forty-one people were injured, but only a few of them seriously. The train was carrying 172 passengers.
It was the first accident involving the French supertrains, which have been in ???rvic??? exactly two years. An inquiry is under way.