Line neglect claim over rail disaster

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A powerful crane lifted the most damaged of four train carriages that derailed, killing six people and injuring nearly 200 south of Paris in what is believed to be a case of equipment failure on a line some claim is neglected.

Authorities had feared more victims would be found under the wreckage but none was discovered yesterday, said the governor of the Essonne region, Michel Fuzeau.

“We are now assured that there are no more victims,” he said after the start of the delicate operation by the crane, which is to remove the carriages from the tracks at Bretigny-Sur-Orge station.

On Friday, four carriages slid off the tracks there as the train sped through on its journey to central France. Human error has been ruled out and the focus of the investigation is on a detached piece of metal in a switching joint on the tracks.