Death toll in France rail crash rises to seven

29th July 2013, Comments 0 comments

A woman who was seriously injured in a train derailment in France over two weeks ago has died, bringing the death toll from the accident to seven, a source close to the case said Monday.

The 67-year-old woman had been in critical condition since the accident on July 12 at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station, about 25 kilometres (15 miles) south of Paris.

It is unclear whether she was in a carriage or at the station when the intercity train derailed as it sped through, crashing into the platform.

France's SNCF state rail company has blamed the accident on a connecting bar that came loose at a rail switchpoint.

It has since conducted a nationwide probe of its network after the accident, and concluded that no more safety risks have been detected.

The SNCF has handed its findings over to judicial and transport safety authorities, who are carrying out their own investigations into the accident.

© 2013 AFP

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