A major rail accident occurred last night on the Paris-Nice line, when a night train - the Intercités n°5771 - departing from Austerlitz station hit a herd of cows in the Yonne department, shortly after leaving the capital. According to information from the Yonne Républicaine, only one passenger was examined by a doctor, slightly bruised, while at least ten cows were killed instantly, three of which remained embedded under the train.
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A nightmarish night
Inside the train, nearly 400 people - fortunately safe and sound - remained stranded for a good part of the night nearly 700 km from their scheduled arrival point in Nice. The train was stopped in the middle of nowhere, towards Saint-Martin-sur-Armançon, in the Yonne, and traffic interrupted until 4:45 am.
It was only around 6am that the unfortunate travelers were able to be transferred to another train, which drove them back... in Paris. Back to square one for those who would undoubtedly have preferred to have missed their train the night before.
This Wednesday morning, at 6:13, the SNCF evoked possible "delays and deletions" on the Paris-Dijon line, as well as Auxerre-Dijon. "Due to a clash with a herd of animals, traffic will be disrupted in both directions," also communicated the Twitter account of the TER Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It was finally necessary to wait until mid-morning for traffic to gradually resume.