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TGV Crash In France  
User currently offlineAirCatalonia From Spain, joined Nov 2007, 558 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5618 times:

A TGV train doing Paris-Geneve derailed today around 08.30am near the Town of Tossiat in eastern France killing at least one and injuring 9.  

[Edited 2007-12-19 02:18:46]

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User currently offlineFreckles From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5599 times:

Amazed that BBC haven't picked this one up, no search results whatsoever!

User currently offlineDavehammer From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 472 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days ago) and read 5554 times:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071219/ts_nm/france_train_dc. Thats all i can find so far! Says no one killed on the train, just 25 injured and the driver of the lorry killed.

User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (6 years 9 months 4 days ago) and read 5522 times:

According to
http://tf1.lci.fr/infos/france/faits...ion-tgv-camion-dans-ain-mort-.html
the dead is the truck-driver. But some 34 pax of the train got hurt
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some more links
http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?siteSect=200001&sid=8549315
http://tagesschau.sf.tv/nachrichten/..._unfall_auf_der_strecke_paris_genf
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and the picture


[Edited 2007-12-19 04:15:57]

User currently offlineMarcus From Mexico, joined Apr 2001, 1798 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 5377 times:

This will sound morbid but I'm affraid is true.....there is only one dead so it will not make front page news, if it were let's say 20 or 30 deaths then it would be picked up by all news services, specially if there is twisted and mangled wrek to show on TV.


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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5322 times:

Is that the first death cause by the TGV?

R.I.P. to the driver.  Sad


User currently offlineFreckles From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2007, 386 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5294 times:



Quoting Marcus (Reply 4):

I do understand that, but BBC News hasn't even picked the story up at all!


User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24936 posts, RR: 56
Reply 7, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 5250 times:



Quoting Marcus (Reply 4):
there is only one dead so it will not make front page news

The february Virgin Pendolino crash in the UK was all over the news even though there was (tragically) 1 death.
I'm sure this event will be covered in a similar manner in France.
http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL1955864420071219



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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 8, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5195 times:

Nothing on CBC either, however there was another train derailment in Pakistan with some 56 dead.

So, if I understand the article correctly, the truck hit the train? Hard to imagine, but stranger things have happened. How long before the TGV arrives at a railway crossing does road traffic have to clear the crossing or when the gates come down?



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User currently offlineKL773ER From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2007, 200 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5187 times:



Quoting Davehammer (Reply 2):
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071219/ts_nm/france_train_dc.

Interestingly enough, I clicked on that link and it has already expired. This is truly sad news and my prayers go out to the victims and their families.

-Kilo Lima


User currently offlineBA From United States of America, joined May 2000, 11153 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5153 times:



Quoting KL773ER (Reply 9):
Interestingly enough, I clicked on that link and it has already expired.

It's not expired. He posted the link with a period at the end which made it an invalid link.

Try this:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20071219/ts_nm/france_train_dc



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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 5141 times:



Quoting ACDC8 (Reply 8):

So, if I understand the article correctly, the truck hit the train? Hard to imagine, but stranger things have happened. How long before the TGV arrives at a railway crossing does road traffic have to clear the crossing or when the gates come down?

I didn't think the TGV had level crossings.

Phil
FlyingColours



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User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10895 posts, RR: 37
Reply 12, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5123 times:

TGV accidents are rather rare. I hope this wasn't an act of sabotage.  Confused


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User currently offlineACDC8 From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 7642 posts, RR: 35
Reply 13, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5113 times:



Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 11):
I didn't think the TGV had level crossings.

Apparently it does. I guess it depends on the stretch as well, when the accident happened the train was not going at a high rate of travel. So perhaps, they slow down at crossings?



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User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 5106 times:



Quoting Gkirk (Reply 7):
this event will be covered in a similar manner

all over Switzerland as well as on
http://tagesschau.sf.tv/nachrichten/..._unfall_auf_der_strecke_paris_genf
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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 15, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5085 times:



Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 11):
I didn't think the TGV had level crossings.

From what I understand, the high-speed lines (LGVs) don't have level crossings, but TGVs do run on some stretches that aren't high-speed, at slower-than-normal speeds of course (same as the other trains that run on those lines). LGVs are expensive and difficult to build, and so they normally just make the trunk lines to that standard and let the TGVs run at reduced speed on the branches.

-Mir



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 16, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5068 times:
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Quoting Marcus (Reply 4):
This will sound morbid but I'm affraid is true.....there is only one dead so it will not make front page news,

It's not morbid...unfortunately, it's reality.

Whenever a trouble-stricken aircraft has to make an emergency landing while being televised....and pulls it off without any fatalities....you can almost hear the collective sigh of disappointment from the media covering it.

2H4



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User currently offlineFlyingColours From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 2315 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5059 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 15):

Thanks, That does make a lot of sense I guess. How much did that high speed stretch of the Chunnel cost?  Wink

Phil
FlyingColours



Lifes a train racing towards you, now you can either run away or grab a chair & a beer and watch it come - Phil
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5044 times:



Quoting 2H4 (Reply 16):
Quoting Marcus (Reply 4):
This will sound morbid but I'm affraid is true.....there is only one dead so it will not make front page news,

It's not morbid...unfortunately, it's reality.

Welcome to the News Media

How fast was this train traveling? Did I miss that?

Surprised no further injuries or deaths.

Quoting Mir (Reply 15):
at slower-than-normal speeds of course

In the US that would mean nearly stopped . . .


User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21625 posts, RR: 55
Reply 19, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5035 times:



Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18):
In the US that would mean nearly stopped . . .

Slower than normal for the TGV, that is. I think they still run at about 100-125km/hr (62-78mph) on those lines. Fast in relation to US trains, but nothing compared to the 300km/hr (198mph) they can do on the LGV stretches.  Smile

As in the US, speed is restricted coming into and out of stations, which is probably where this happened.

Quoting FlyingColours (Reply 17):
How much did that high speed stretch of the Chunnel cost?

Considering that the entire line from Gare du Nord to St. Pancras is LGV standard, a lot.  Smile

-Mir



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User currently offlineCzbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 973 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4991 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 15):
From what I understand, the high-speed lines (LGVs) don't have level crossings, but TGVs do run on some stretches that aren't high-speed, at slower-than-normal speeds of course (same as the other trains that run on those lines).

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According to news media in Geneva, the train was travelling about 100 km/h (60 mph) when it hit the truck stalled on the tracks. The train did not jump the tracks.

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 18):
Surprised no further injuries or deaths.

Actually, considering that each rail car shares a bogie (single axle) at each end, the train is incredibly stable and so the train sets don't accordion on themselves in a collision.
Quick primer on it's design- scroll down to "What makes the Train Special?"

A review of the history of crashes of the TGV show it to be an incredibly safe way to travel.
Accident Record of the TGV

Here's a great YouTube video of the TGV coming off the high-speed line (LGV) onto the local tracks taking the train into Lyon from Paris. At 2:12, the train turns off the high-speed track that continues on to Marseille and slowly decelerates- you can hear the motors spooling down.

At 3:10, when the train emerges from the tunnel, I'd say it's doing about 100 km/h- about the speed the train hit the truck.



Cheers!


User currently offlineSteeler83 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 9208 posts, RR: 20
Reply 21, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4948 times:



Quoting Marcus (Reply 4):
This will sound morbid but I'm affraid is true.....there is only one dead so it will not make front page news, if it were let's say 20 or 30 deaths then it would be picked up by all news services, specially if there is twisted and mangled wrek to show on TV.

 checkmark 
Afterall, what does the media really care about? Basically the same things that ANCflyer and 2H4 stated...

They care about ratings, anything to stimulate interest among viewers such as big tradgic stories that involve wreckage, such as that ICE train collision with a bridge some years back, or the Sunset LTD derailment in Alabama back in 1993, which was the worst train wreck in Amtrak history...

How about the story of that 80-something-year-old who plowed through a San Diego market, killing over a dozen, including an infant because "he mistakenly put his foot on the accelerator instead of the brake?" The media ate that one up because it produced a "Hollywood-esque action movie scene."

I like stimulating stories in the media, but I like to hear more about other stories involving less morbid content such as someone getting shot up in South Philadelphia or a big freight train derailment causing thousands of residents to evacuate. What about stories of growth, development and progress.

You know, this brings up Iraq in a sense, there is a lot of progress being made in Iraq in building more schools and homes for the people over there, but what does the media show day after day? I will not even post it; it's understood...



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User currently offline57AZ From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 2550 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

Interestingly enough, in July of 1918 the worst passenger train wreck in the United States didn't make the front pages and in fact, didn't get any mention in many distant papers. The wreck killed 101 persons and maimed many more. The reason that the wreck didn't get much mention was the WW in Europe was attracting more attention.


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User currently offlineRJ111 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (6 years 9 months 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 4892 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 19):
Slower than normal for the TGV, that is. I think they still run at about 100-125km/hr (62-78mph) on those lines. Fast in relation to US trains, but nothing compared to the 300km/hr (198mph) they can do on the LGV stretches.

They run up to 140mph on standard lines in places. Between Tours and Bordeaux i beleive.


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