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Crane to clear train tracks in deadly French crash

July 14, 2013 • Business


Railway’s employees are seen on the scene where a train derailed at a station in Bretigny sur Orge, south of Paris, Saturday, July 13, 2013. An official on Saturday said a faulty rail joint may have caused a train derailment outside Paris that left six people dead and injured dozens. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

BRETIGNY-SUR-ORGE, France (AP) — A powerful crane on Saturday lifted the carcass of the most damaged of four train cars that derailed, killing six people and injuring nearly 200 south of Paris in what investigators believe may have been a case of equipment failure on a line some claim is neglected.

Authorities had feared more victims would be found under the wreckage but none was discovered, said the governor of the Essonne region, Michel Fuzeau.

“We are now assured that there are no more victims,” Fuzeau said after the start of the delicate operation by the 700-ton crane. The machine is to remove the cars damaged from the tracks at the small Bretigny-Sur-Orge station. On Friday, four cars slid off the tracks there as the train sped through town, which was not a stop on its journey to central France.

Human error has been ruled out by France’s transport minister and the focus of the investigation is on a detached piece of metal in a switching joint on the tracks. The national rail company, Login to read more

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