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As many as 170 feared dead in funicular fire

DA! : Saturday November 11, 2000
The death toll may exceed 170
Kaprun 11 Nov 2000
photo : reut/eXcite

Austrian train tragedy (BBC Online)

in the fire that engulfed a train inside a tunnel carrying a funicular railway under the Alps.
The train which was taking skiers to ski slopes on Kitzsteinhorn mountain, near Salzburg caught fire as it passed through the tunnel. The incident occurred at about 08:30 (local time) when the train was about 600 metres inside the tunnel.

It is thought that the cable pulling the train snapped causing it to stop inside the tunnel. It is not yet known what caused the fire to start. Fresh air, which is 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 through the tunnel.

The funicular railway was 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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150 die as funicular train blazes in tunnel
11 Nov 2000
140 trapped in burning Alpine train
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Photographs of the Gletscherbahn Kaprun, Austria

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