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A meeting on "Lessons Learnt from Train Accidents" was held at the EC Joint Research Centre (JRC) Ispra on 6 and 7 April 2000. It was organised in the context of the NEDIES project, which is being conducted in the Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety (ISIS) of the JRC.

This report is based on the contributions presented at the meeting.

Chapter 2 discusses lessons learnt from three major train accidents: the 1998 ICE train disaster in Eschede ( 101 fatalities), the 1999 rail crash in Ladbroke Grove (31 fatalities) and the 1991 crash in the railway station of Melun (16 fatalities). It also contains lessons learnt from the1996 ammonia derailment in Kavlinge (9,000 people evacuated for 24 hours), the 1995 accident in Klostertal Mason Valley (3 fatalities) and the 1992 accident in Naestved (2,000 to 4,000 litres of acrilonitrile leaked).

Chapter 3 presents general considerations and lessons learnt from accidents in Ireland, Greece, Denmark and Portugal.

Finally, chapter 4 gives a summary of the main lessons learnt

The report is addressed to the Civil Protection Services of the EU Member States, organisations and people involved in the management of any type of natural and environmental disaster. In fact, most of the "lessons learnt" from the train disasters discussed in the report are of great interest also for the prevention of, preparedness for and response to other types of disasters.

Additional information

Authors: COLOMBO A (EDITOR), JRC-Institute for Systems, Informatics and Safety, Risk Management and Decision Support, I-21020 Ispra, Varese (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19667 EN (2000) 28pp, EURO: FREE of charge
Availability: Available from the Documentation service JRC Ispra Fax:+39-0332-785818
ISBN: ISBN N/A Ref: EUR 19667
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