Paris metro driver dies at controls

21st December 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - An automated safety system on a Paris metro train kicked in to save the line of wagons when the driver died of a heart attack at the controls Tuesday, the subway network's managing company said.

PARIS, Dec 21 (AFP) - An automated safety system on a Paris metro train kicked in to save the line of wagons when the driver died of a heart attack at the controls Tuesday, the subway network's managing company said.

The train's brakes engaged when the driver failed to let go of his grip on a security lever in the required time as it approached the busy central station of Chatelet-Les Halles, in the heart of the French capital.

The driver of the next train on the express line, which serves suburbs north and south of Paris, found the body of his colleague on the floor of the cabin.

He steered the train onto a service line where a doctor declared the first driver dead. The man was to have celebrated his 50th birthday next week.

The RATP, which runs the metro, said such incidents were "extremely rare".

© AFP

Subject: French News

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