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Explosion fear as trains collide

  : Wednesday April 5, 2000
Two trains, one carrying propane collided near
photo: Aftenposten
Lillestrøm station early this morning sparking fears of an explosion.
One of the trains carrying 104 tonnes of propane ran into the back of another train at about 01:00. Fire broke out amongst the wreckage and it was feared that the heat might cause one of the sealed tanker cars to heat up and explode.

One of the tankers ruptured and caught fire. As firefighters sprayed water on the next tanker to cool it, police created an 800 metre "safety zone" around the station. About 2000 people were evacuated.

The accident happened on one of Norway's busiest rail routes. All rail services along the line were cancelled including those to Oslo Airport.

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Web sources:
Norway Town Evacuated As Train Explosion Feared
Yahoo 05 Apr 2000
Norway Train Town Evacuated
Excite 05 Apr 2000
At least 2,000 evacuated after train crash in Norway
CNN 05 Apr 2000
In Norwegian:
Ukjent årsak til togkollisjonen
Aftenposten 05 Apr 2000
Flytoget passerte minutter før ulykken
VG 05 Apr 2000
Over 2000 personer evakuert, brannen kan vare i dager
CNN Norge 05 Apr 2000


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