While taking the train is statistically safer than driving, rail accidents do occur. Here is a list of some of the worst rail accidents in Europe in the last 25 years.
December 1988 – UNITED KINGDOM
Thirty-five people died in a crash involving three trains at Clapham Junction in south London. Inadequate safety measures were blamed.
October 1999 – UNITED KINGDOM
Two trains collided near London’s Paddington station, killing 31 people. One of the trains had gone through a red signal.
November 2000 - AUSTRIA
A fire in a tunnel engulfed a funicular train packed with skiers, killing 155 people.
May 2003 - HUNGARY
Thirty-four people died when the Budapest-Nagykanizsa train hit a coach full of mainly elderly German holidaymakers at a level crossing near Siofok.
June 2003 - SPAIN
A passenger train travelling to Cartagena from Madrid crashed into the path of an oncoming goods train at Chinchilla, killing 19.
January 2005 - ITALY
Seventeen people were killed when a passenger train and a freight train crashed north of Bologna.
January 2006 - MONTENEGRO
Up to 46 people were killed and 198 injured when a packed train derailed and plunged into a ravine outside the capital Podgorica.
July 2006 - SPAIN
Forty-one people were killed when an underground train derailed and overturned in a tunnel just before entering the Jesus metro station in Valencia.
September 2006 - GERMANY
The Transrapid magnetic levitation train, which floats on a magnetic cushion, hit a maintenance vehicle on a test track in the Emsland area, killing 23 people.
June 2009 - ITALY
An explosion on a passing freight train set fire to nearby homes and burned families while they slept in the seaside town of Viareggio, killing 22 people.
February 2010 - BELGIUM
Two trains crashed head-on in snowy conditions at the village of Buizingen, near Halle, southwest of Brussels, killing 18 people.
March 2012 - POLAND
Two passenger trains derailed in a head-on collision near Szczekociny. Sixteen people died and 58 were injured.
(FRANCE 24 with wires)
Date created : 2013-07-25