Shampoo slows trains in south of France

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Rail traffic in the south of France suffered delays on Wednesday after a high-speed TGV passenger train hit a truck full of shampoo, police and the SNCF national rail operator said.

No-one was hurt in the mid-day collision at a level crossing in Lunel-Viel, northeast of Montpellier, but it took several hours for workers to remove the slippery shampoo from the tracks.

Nineteen mostly inter-city trains with around 3,000 passengers in all were delayed, with normal service only expected to resume in the evening.

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