Paris train derailment reportedly injures 17

21:26, December 21, 2009      

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At least 17 people were injured when a car of Paris regional express train (RER) derailed late Sunday, the French National Railway Station said Monday. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

At least 17 people were injured when a car of Paris regional express train (RER) derailed late Sunday, the French National Railway Station said Monday.

The derailment occurred at around 20:40 Paris time (1940 GMT) in Paris' southern region of Choisy-le-Roi, and forced many other trains to be rerouted, the national railway station said in a statement.

The train didn't turn over but slipped off of the tracks after hitting a concrete block. Some local media said 17 people were slightly injured, but others put the injured number at 36.

The accident added to the French railway's miseries, which have already been troubled by a strike on RER line A and the suspension of Eurostar trains bridging the Manche Channel.

The strike on the RER line A, which links eastern and western Paris, moved into the 12th day Monday, with only half of the usual trains available.


At least 17 people were injured when a car of Paris regional express train (RER) derailed late Sunday, the French National Railway Station said Monday. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Troubles with the Eurostar trains, which trapped more than 2,000 people over the weekend when two trains stalled inside the tunnel, made no progress Monday. The company announced that it would launch an "independent review" into the problems and promised further updates.

French Transport Minister Dominique Bussereau on Monday also called for an investigation into the suspension of the Eurostar trains, saying it was "not normal."

Source:Xinhua
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