A holiday express packed with Dutch tourists ploughed into a crashed lorry near Compiegne in northern France on Monday, (30 August) injuring the train driver and 28 passengers.
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The railway line between Paris and Brussels was still blocked on Tuesday (31 August) and French Railways said it would be sometime before normal services were fully restored.
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Background: A holiday express packed with Dutch tourists ploughed into a crashed lorry near Compiegne in northern France on Monday, (30 August) injuring the train driver and 28 passengers.
SYNOPSIS: The collision blocked the main Paris-Brussels line, forcing lengthy detours at the height of the end-of-holiday rush. The driver of the train was trapped for an hour before firemen freed him.
Officials first reported the lorry driver was killed after his vehicle skidded off a wet road and plunged on to the track in the path of the express. They later said the man managed to jump clear seconds before the collision.
The train was chartered by a Dutch travel agency to bring holidaymakers home from Nice in the south of France to Amsterdam. The powerful locomotive was travelling at 90 kilometres (56 miles) an hour when it collided with the lorry near a level crossing. Three coaches were overturned, but French Railways said that no one--including the train driver--was seriously hurt. An investigation into the crash has begun.