Landslide, Heavy Rain Derails Paris Commuter Train; 7 Injured

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A suburban train derailed Tuesday between Saint-Remy-les-Chevreuse and Courcelle-sur-Yvette, southwest of Paris, after days of heavy rains caused an embankment to collapse. (Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/AFP/Getty Images)

  • A landslide fueled by heavy rain caused three cars of a Paris-bound train to overturn Tuesday morning.
  • An official said there were very few people on board at the time because it was the first train of the morning.
  • France has been dealing with days of heavy downpours.

A landslide fueled by heavy rain caused three cars of a Paris-bound train to overturn Tuesday morning, officials said. Seven people were slightly injured.


The accident happened between the southwestern suburbs of St-Remy-les-Chevreuse and Orsay about 5 a.m. local time, Elisabeth Borne, the country’s transport minister, said on Franceinfo radio, the Associated Press reported.


Michek Bournet, mayor of Gif-sur-Yvette, told La Parisien there were very few people on board at the time because it was the first train of the morning.


“We could have had a disaster because if it was an hour later there would have been a lot of students on board,” he told the newspaper.




Bournet said the driver had been warned that a tree had fallen on the track, but didn’t see that part of the track had been washed away.


All passengers were safely evacuated. Officials couldn’t say when the track would be reopened.


France has been dealing with days of heavy downpours. Several rainfall records were broken Monday, and some locations received the equivalent of more than a month of rain in 24 hours, according to the World Meteorological Organization. 


The heavy rain was caused by an area of low pressure in the upper atmosphere, according to weather.com meteorologist Chris Dolce. That area of low pressure is moving east, which should yield drier weather conditions during the second half of the week, though a few showers can’t be ruled out.
 


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2018-06-12 11:47:15

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