Perpignan crash

The Perpignan crash occurred when a train crashed into a school bus on a level crossing between Millas and Saint-Féliu-d'Amont in the Arrondissement of Perpignan in the French province of Occitanie at about 4pm on 14 December 2017. The bus was severed into two. Four pupils on board were killed on the day, and 24 were seriously injured – one of whom died the following day.[2][3] A sixth fatality was recorded on 18 December.[4] Trains between Perpignan and Villefranche were cancelled.[3][5]

Perpignan crash
Area map of the crash site with routes of school bus (yellow line) and train (purple line) before collision.
Area map of the crash site with routes of school bus (yellow line) and train (purple line) before collision.
Details
Date14 December 2017
around 16:00 CET (15:00 UTC)
LocationMillas, Arrondissement of Perpignan, Occitanie
Coordinates42°41′08″N 2°42′14″E / 42.68547°N 2.70399°E / 42.68547; 2.70399
CountryFrance
LinePerpignanVillefranche-de-Conflent
OperatorSNCF
Incident typeCollision with a road vehicle on a level crossing
CauseUnder investigation
Statistics
Deaths6 (the fifth victim died the day after the crash, the sixth was announced on 18 December)[1]
Injured24

InvestigationEdit

While visiting the scene, Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said that the "circumstances of this terrible drama are still undetermined."[6] The Minister of Transport Élisabeth Borne also visited the scene.[5] An SNCF official said "several witnesses said the barrier was down" at the time of the crash.[6] According to her employer, the bus driver says that the barriers were up and safe. Drugs and alcohol tests for both the train and the bus drivers were negative.[7]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "French Death Toll Rises to 5 Children in Train-Bus Crash". Nytimes.com. Associated Press. 15 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  2. ^ "France Millas train crash: Children killed as bus cut in two". BBC News. 15 December 2017.{{cite news}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. ^ a b Oliphant, Vickiie (14 December 2017). "Horror as 4 teenagers killed and 24 injured as school bus cut in half in train crash". Daily Express. Retrieved 19 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  4. ^ "Death toll from French school bus collision rises to six – official". Reuters. 18 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.
  5. ^ a b "VIDÉO. Pyrénées-Orientales: Quatre enfants tués et une vingtaine de blessés dans une collision entre un bus scolaire et un train". 20 minutes. 14 December 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ a b "Four children killed in bus-train collision in southern France". New York Daily News. Associated Press. 14 December 2017. Archived from the original on 6 March 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  7. ^ Constant, Julien; Boutry, Timothée; Ducos, Jean-Marc (16 December 2017). "Collision à Millas : les investigations s'annoncent difficiles". Le Parisien. Retrieved 19 December 2017.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)