Fake French train blast tests disaster services

12th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

VALENCE, France, April 12 (AFP) - Emergency workers and police from five European Union countries on Tuesday staged the explosion of a train carrying hazardous materials to test the coordination of EU disaster response networks.

VALENCE, France, April 12 (AFP) - Emergency workers and police from five European Union countries on Tuesday staged the explosion of a train carrying hazardous materials to test the coordination of EU disaster response networks.

Belgium, the Czech Republic, Germany and Italy joined France for "Euratech 2005", an exercise simulating the derailing and subsequent explosion of a train carrying toxic chemicals in close proximity to homes and a passenger train.

Following the supposed derailing of the train in Porte-les-Valence, a tank car transporting fuel caught fire, causing the explosion of another car carrying natural gas and blowing out the windows in a nearby passenger train.

Emergency workers were faced with a total of 1,500 injured, 150 of them critically hurt. Meanwhile, scientists were asked to contain the spread of toxic gases and chemicals in the area.

Interior Ministers Dominique de Villepin of France, Otto Schily of Germany and Patrick Dewael of Belgium were expected to observe the exercise, along with EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini.

© AFP

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