French railway company to go on trial over deadly car accident

Source: French railway company to go on trial over deadly car accident

Found on: 2022-08-29 17:22:30

French state-owned railway company SNCF and three employees involved in a deadly accident during tests of a new high-speed train in 2015 are to stand trial, charged with involuntary manslaughter, judicial sources said on Monday.

The train suffered an accident near the city of Strasbourg (east) on November 14, 2015, causing 11 deaths and leaving 42 injured during a test to which the families of senior SNCF officials had been invited.

The experts consulted by the investigators believe that the train was traveling at 265 kilometers per hour when it took a curve with a speed limit of 176 km / h, which led to it derailing a few meters later.

The causes were excessive speed and late braking and the SNCF admitted that there were seven people in the driver’s carriage instead of the authorized four.

The SNCF, two subsidiaries including Systra – the company in charge of railway tests – as well as three employees will be tried for involuntary manslaughter caused by “clumsiness, carelessness, negligence or non-compliance with security procedures,” sources said. legal to AFP.


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