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Saturday, 11 November, 2000, 16:28 GMT
Europe's history of rail disasters
Train wreckage after gas blast at Ufa in the Urals
Some 400 people died in Europe's worst train disaster at Ufa in Russia
The blaze in a railway tunnel near Kitzsteinhorn in the Austrian Alps, in which at least 170 skiers died, is the latest in a succession of train disasters in Europe that have caused heavy loss of life.

Below is a reminder of some other major rail disasters:

  • In January this year, two passenger trains collided in Norway, 150km (100 miles) north of Oslo, overturning several coaches and setting off a huge blaze. A total of 19 people died.

  • In October 1999, 31 people were killed when a high-speed passenger train approaching London's Paddington Station was in collision with a local commuter train.

  • In June 1998, more than 100 people were killed when a German high-speed train travelling from Munich to Hamburg went off the rails at Eschede.

  • Germany suffered another major rail disaster in 1967, when a train collided with another carrying petrol tanks near the city of Magdeburg, causing an explosion that killed 94 people.

  • The most horrific European rail accident of recent years happened in Russia in June 1989. A gas explosion erupted beneath two trains carrying more than 1,200 people near the town of Ufa, killing about 400 and injuring 600.

  • Days later the country suffered another tragedy when 31 people died and 66 were injured when an express train ploughed into a bus which had stalled on a level crossing in southern Russia.

  • The UK's worst crash remains the collision between two trains, one carrying troops, at Quintinshill near Gretna Green, Scotland in May 1915. The crash claimed 227 lives.

  • The UK capital has also suffered its share of fatal smashes. A total of 112 people were killed and 340 hurt in a crash at Harrow and Wealdstone in north west London in October 1952.

  • The Clapham Junction crash in December 1988 killed 35 people when three morning rush hour trains collided in south London.

  • France suffered a rash of disasters in the mid to late 1980s. Thirty-three died and 165 were injured in a head-on collision between two trains in southern France in August 1985.

  • In September that year 43 lives were lost and 30 people were injured - 30 when a holiday express crashed near Argenton-sur-Creuse, north of Limoges.

  • Then in June 1988 a rush hour train ran into the back of another at Paris's Gare de Lyon killing 59.
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