The essentials A truck was hit by a train on the SNCF line between Carcassonne and Narbonne. All journeys on this line were interrupted in the morning. Traffic was gradually resumed from 12:30 p.m.
A serious accident occurred this morning, Monday 22 March, shortly after 10 a.m. on the SNCF line that connects Bordeaux with Marseille. A freight wagon was hit by a train at a level crossing in the Aude in Douzens between Carcassonne and Lézignan-Corbières.
According to the SNCF, the truck was still on the route of the train, which made the collision inevitable. “Fortunately, the passengers on the train must not be injured,” added the SNCF. The Spanish driver of the truck was slightly injured, not seriously, as the impact occurred at the rear of the vehicle. “He didn’t have to be released,” added the SNCF. He was taken to the Carcassonne hospital center.
The video of a witness waiting at the level crossing shows the violence of the shock. The TER hit the front passenger wing of the truck cabin. It was thrown ten meters away.
The driver was looking for his way
According to the Independent, there was no failure of the level crossing. The Spanish driver making his way did not seem to see the flashing red lights announcing the closing of the barriers. He would then have panicked and tried to withdraw. “I heard a great shock. The cabin was spread out in a thousand parts over 30 meters and the completely shocked driver screamed on the tracks. In view of the shock, I expected to find him in parts,” says a driver from Lézignan to our colleagues. Corbières.
Traffic resumed around noon
“All of our teams have intervened on site so that the trains can be resumed as soon as possible,” said the SNCF. During the intervention, all traffic on this line was cut in both directions. The train stopped a hundred yards away.
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The SNCF traffic was partially and gradually resumed from 12:30 p.m. 350 passengers were on board. No passengers were injured.