France: Regional train (TER) collides with construction vehicle at level crossing near Marseille, 31 injured – 170413 1455z

A regional train collided with a construction vehicle at a level crossing near Marseille on Tuesday leaving 31 people injured, one of them seriously.

The accident occurred at around 8.40 am on a stretch of line between Miramas and Marseille centre, in the northern 16th arrondissement of the Meditterranean city, according to train operator SNCF. According to initial reports the train collided with a crane on top of the vehicle, which caused the crane to collapse and embed itself into one of the train’s carriages. The driver of the train managed to escape unhurt but was left in shock, French media reported. The truck-driver, aged in his 40s, was more seriously injured and evacuated to a nearby hospital, where he is not reported to be in a life-threatening condition, according to regional daily La Provence.

Of the 75 passengers on board, 31 were injured, with the vast majority suffering bruises and shock from the sudden impact of the crash. They were transported by bus and other non-emergency means to a local hospital, according to reports by La Provence and French television TF1. One passenger described two impacts – one from the initial collision between the train and construction vehicle, and a second from the collapsed crane entering the train’s first carriage. “One woman found herself with the crane practically at her knees. She thought she was going to die,” the passenger was quoted as saying by La Provence. Another testified to the frightening ordeal. “Some people were crying, and others were in shock. I was on a fold-up seat, so [upon impact] I slumped to the ground, and hurt my wrists.”

Speculation over the cause of the accident continued on Tuesday afternoon, with the RFF rail company (Reseau ferre de France) claiming that at the time of the crash, traffic signals at the level crossing were working properly. The company also claimed that barriers at the crossing were fully functional, and that the train tracks had recently been changed, according to TF1. The local police’s criminal and safety division is pursuing the possibility that the driver of the truck was on the phone at the time of the collision, after allegedly finding his mobile phone close to the scene of the crash, according to La Provence.
Wednesday, 17 April, 2013 at 03:25 (03:25 AM) UTC RSOE

French:

Train rgional (TER) en collision avec un vhicule de construction au passage niveau prs de Marseille, 31 blesss

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Un train rgional est entr en collision avec un vhicule de construction un passage niveau prs de Marseille le mardi en laissant 31 blesss, dont un grivement.

L’accident s’est produit vers 08h40 sur un tronon de ligne entre Miramas et le centre de Marseille, dans le 16me arrondissement nord de la ville Meditterranean, selon oprateur ferroviaire SNCF. Selon les premiers rapports le train est entr en collision avec une grue sur le toit du vhicule, qui a caus la grue s’effondre et s’incruster dans l’un des wagons du train. Le conducteur du train a russi s’chapper indemne, mais a t laiss en tat de choc, les mdias franais ont rapport. Le chauffeur de camion, g dans ses 40 ans, a t plus grivement bless et vacu vers un hpital voisin, o il n’est pas signal tre en danger de mort, selon le quotidien rgional La Provence.

Sur les 75 passagers bord, 31 ont t blesss, avec les vastes ecchymoses souffrances de la majorit et le choc de l’impact soudain de l’accident. Ils ont t transports par autobus et autres non-urgence signifie un hpital local, selon les rapports de la Provence et de la tlvision franaise TF1. Un passager a dcrit deux impacts – un de la collision initiale entre le train et vhicule de construction, et une seconde partir de la grue effondre entrant premire voiture du train. “Une femme se retrouve avec la grue pratiquement genoux. Elle pensait qu’elle allait mourir,” le passager a t cit comme disant par La Provence. Un autre a dclar l’preuve effrayant. Certaines personnes pleuraient, d’autres taient en tat de choc. J’tais sur un sige pliant, donc [lors de l’impact] je me suis effondre sur le sol, et bless mes poignets.”

Les spculations sur la cause de l’accident continuait mardi aprs-midi, avec la compagnie ferroviaire RFF (Rseau Ferr de France) affirmant que, au moment de l’accident, les feux de circulation au passage niveau fonctionnaient correctement. La socit a galement affirm que les barrires du passage niveau taient entirement fonctionnel, et que la voie ferre avait t rcemment modifi, selon TF1. Division criminelle et de la scurit de la police locale poursuit la possibilit que le conducteur du camion tait au tlphone au moment de la collision, aprs avoir prtendument trouver son tlphone portable proximit du lieu de l’accident, selon La Provence.

Wednesday, 17 Avril 2013 03h25 (03h25) UTC RSOE

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