5 dead, 10 injured in French rail crash

12 October 2006

Five people died yesterday, reportedly including two train drivers, and more than twice that number have been injured in a head-on train collision in north-east France. A double-decker regional express travelling from Luxembourg to Nancy train collided with a goods train in Zoufftgen, in the Moselle region near the border with Luxembourg.

 

It appears that the trains had been sent onto the same section of track after engineering works had restricted traffic to a single track.

 

Keith Norman has written to our French counterparts saying, 'We are devastated at the news of the rail crash at Soufftgen and offer our sincere condolences to all involved.

 

'Trains workers are all part of the same family regardless of where they work or in which country they live.

 

'Our thoughts are with the injured and the families of those who have died.

 

'If we can offer any assistance, please let me know.'

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