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Loose Rail Joint Seen as Cause of Train Accident in France

Jul 14, 2013 - The New York Times - Biographical Materials

PARIS -- A rail joint that worked loose from a track switching point appears to have caused France's worst train accident in years, an official with the national rail company said Saturday.

The crowded intercity train, leaving Paris at rush hour before a holiday weekend for the city of Limoges, jumped the tracks 20 miles south at Brétigny-sur-Orge station. The seven-car train split into two, with some cars riding up the station platform and flipping over.

Six people died, two were i

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