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Train accidents in Europe: a comparative approach

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The year 2013 has been a dark year for railroad transportation in Europe with a series of 4 train accidents: Bretigny-sur-Orge (France), Schellebelle (Belgium), Granges-près-Marnand (Switzerland) and Santiago de Compostela (Spain).

In cooperation with a university center, SOS Catastrophes – European Network will lead an in-depth study in order to have a comparative approach of the handling of these accidents in the victims’ point of view. The study might include other railroad accidents that happened within the last decade in Europe.

Beyond inherent differences between each countries, the idea is of course to put forward the good practices, but also to note the drawbacks and shortcomings.

Strong from our personal experiences, our aim is to build a European referral available to authorities and companies to improve and harmonize the management of disaster victims.

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