Dislodged steel piece on track could explain train crash: SNCF

PARIS Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:52am EDT

French railway officials stand next to the wreckage of a derailed intercity train at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station near Paris July 13, 2013. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

French railway officials stand next to the wreckage of a derailed intercity train at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station near Paris July 13, 2013.

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PARIS (Reuters) - A dislodged steel piece joining two tracks at the junction could explain the derailment of a train that killed at least six people late on Friday, French train operator SNCF said.

Pierre Izard, head of infrastructure services at SNCF, said on Saturday the piece which was bolted on to the track had moved to "the middle of the track junction," preventing the rolling stock from passing through.

SNCF pledged to check the state of some 5,000 similar junctions throughout the French rail network.

(Reporting by Yann Le Guernigou and Astrid Wendlandt Editing by Jeremy Gaunt.)

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