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Europe’s deadliest train crashes

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Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-07-25

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

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