October 17, 1991: Sixteen killed in French rail crash

Another 57 injured after the night express from Nice to Paris smashed into a goods train at Melun

Abdul Kareem, Head of Archive
14:47 October 16, 2016

At least 16 people were killed and 57 injured, when the night express from Nice to Paris smashed into a goods train at Melun, just south of Paris. The accident occurred at Melun station with the express, travelling at 75mph (120km/h), having just passed the platform when it hurtled into the locomotive of the 25mph goods train, which started to cross its path. At the moment of impact, the two trains were at an angle of 20 degrees. The first carriage of the express mounted the wreckage of the two locomotives that were left mangled together beneath. The driver of the freight train was killed. Most of the dead and injured were in the first carriage. Three other carriages were derailed, but did not overturn. The goods train broke up on impact.


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