Saturday, February 8, 2014

France: Huge Boulder Derails Train in South, At Least Two Killed Near Nice

According to the below link, at least two tourists were killed on Saturday (February 8) when a giant boulder the size of vehicle near Nice struck and derailed a touring train, killing at least two passengers:

http://www.france24.com/en/20140208-least-two-dead-train-derails-southern-france

The Train des Pignes, a small private railway which operates on a single track between Nice and Dignes-les-Bains, was completely derailed when a large boulder from surrounding hills hit the train, completely derailing it, according to the local daily, Nice Matin.

Local authorities confirmed early Saturday afternoon that one of the dead was a Russian woman.
COMMENT: Nice Matin reported that the second victim was a local woman from the Nice area.
The train was still dangling dramatically from the tracks three hours after the accident, the side of one car caved in from the boulder collision.
Such derailments are extremely rare, although they obviously do occur.

This report will be updated as new information is released.
As I have said so often in the past and in my book, STAYING SAFE ABROAD: TRAVELING, WORKING AND LIVING IN A POST-9/11 WORLD (2008), "…there are no safe countries."
FYI: A complete update of STAYING SAFE ABROAD will be released as an E-book in June 2014 compatible with the Kindle, iPad and Nook and other e-readers.