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AUSTRIA:
150 die as funicular train blazes in tunnel

DA! : Saturday November 11, 2000
It is feared
Kaprun 11 Nov 2000
photo : bbc
that at least 150 people have been killed in a train fire under the Austrian Alps.
A funicular railway taking skiers to ski slopes on Kitzsteinhorn mountain, near Salzburg caught fire as it passed through the tunnel. The train is thought to have been some 600 metres insdie the tunnel.

A mechanical fault is believed to have stopped the train inside the tunnel where the fire broke out. Fresh air drawn into the tunnel from the lower portal of the tunnel fanned the fire and brought smoke up to the upper station overcoming and killing 3 more people.

Eight people escaped from the blazing train by smashing windows and walking to safety throught the tunnel.

The funicular railway was the first opened in 1974 to become the first alpine underground railway. It was extensively modernised in 1994. Trains consist of three cars and can carry 180 people.

BBC Online: Austrian tunnel inferno kills 150 11/11/2000

Info: The Gletscherbahn Kaprun and the whole village of Kaprun are in mourning 11/11/2000

Ananova: 'Number of deaths' on Austrian fire train 11/11/2000


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