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France
Eurostar in high-speed derailment

  : Monday June 5, 2000
A Eurostar train travelling between Paris and London derailed this evening (05 June) at Croisilles in
Eurostar derailment
photo: The Times
northern France.

The lead power car and the following coach came off the line but the train remained upright and was brought safely to a halt.

There are no reports of any serious injuries although a number of people suffered minor injuries and shock.

The incident occurred at about 17:00 (BST), about an hour into the train's journey which was to have taken it to London's Waterloo station via the Channel Tunnel. The train, carrying about 541passengers was travelling at 150 mph at the time of the accident.

This is the first such incident since Eurostar commenced operations 6 years ago.

There was no immediate indication of what caused the derailment. The British driver of the train told reporters that he did not know why it had occurred. An investigation into the accident has started.

In a separate incident, a man has admitted to the deliberate derailment of a train near Lyon yesterday. It is not believed that the two incidents are connected.

Eurostar Facts and Figures
  photo:Erik Evrard
Eurostar
Length: 393.72m (1291' 8")
Width: 2.81m (9' 4")
Empty weight: 752,400kg (1,658,000 lbs)
Operating weight: 816,000kg (1,798,000 lbs)
Seating: 794 (210 - 1st class; 584 - 2nd class)
Max Speed: 300 km/h (186 mph)
Number in Service: 31 (SNCF: 16; BR: 11; SNCB: 4)
Date in Service: 1994

Due to different standards in the countries in which they operate, Eurostar trainsets are equipped to operate under 3 different power supplies:
Overhead: 25 kV 50 Hz: 12200 kW (16400 hp)
Overhead: 3 kV DC: 5700 kW (7640 hp)
Third Rail: 750 V DC: 3400 kW (4560 hp)



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Web sources:
Eurostar train goes off rails at 150mph
The Times 06 Jun 2000
Eurostar passengers tell of scare
ThisIsLondon 06 Jun 2000
Eurostar train derailment causes minor injuries
Annanova 05 Jun 2000
Eurostar train derails in France
BBC Online 05 Jun 2000
No serious injuries as Eurostar derails in France
Annanova 05 Jun 2000


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