• Short Summary

    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.

  • Description

    GV PAN Crash wreckage
    SV Rescue workers clearing debris
    SV Smashed lorry and wreckage (3 shots)
    SV Wrecked railway line and sleepers
    CU Sign of express train
    SV Wrecked locomotive power unit at track side
    SV Rescue workers and damaged carriages (4 shots)
    SV Scene of train crash

    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.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAB0QTZW7TTQS15G2VHXC7KZ5KL
    Media URN:
    VLVAB0QTZW7TTQS15G2VHXC7KZ5KL
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/08/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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