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Europe's history of rail disasters

A rescue worker at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II metro station
The Rome metro crash took place during rush hour

Details of some of Europe's worst rail accidents in recent years.

15 February 2010: Two trains collide head-on at Halle, south west of the Belgian capital, Brussels, with estimates of the death toll ranging from at least 10 to 25.

29 June 2009: A total of 22 people are killed when a freight train carrying gas explodes and crashes into several homes in the Italian seaside town of Viareggio.

21 February 2009: A train ploughs into a tourist coach on a level crossing near the town of Brezno in Slovakia, killing 11 people on the coach.

8 August 2008: An express train hits a collapsed bridge in the Czech town of Studenka, killing seven people and injuring 70 more, near the north-east border with Poland.

29 February 2008: Nine people die when fire sweeps through an overnight train after erupting in the Bulgarian town of Cherven Bryag.

15 June 2007: Three people die in a head-on crash between cargo and passenger trains in between the towns of Bortigali and Birori in Sardinia.

23 February 2007: One woman dies and 89 are hurt when a Virgin train derails in Cumbria, UK.

4 January 2007: Seven die when a freight train smashes into a truck carrying farm workers at a railway crossing in Hatay province, Turkey.

17 October 2006: Two people are reported killed and around 60 injured when two metro trains collide at Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II station in Rome.

11 October 2006: Six people die when a goods train and a passenger train collide in France just south of the border with Luxembourg.

September 2006: A magnetic monorail train collides with a maintenance wagon, killing 23 people, during a test-run near the town of Lathen in Germany.

August 2006: Six people are killed and at least 36 injured in a passenger train derailment in northern Spain.

June 2006: At least 30 people are killed and a dozen hurt in a metro train crash in the eastern Spanish city of Valencia.

January 2006: At least 39 people die and 135 are injured - many of them skiers - when a train plunges down a ravine after its brakes fail in Podgorica, Montenegro.

January 2005: A crowded Italian train collides head-on with a freight convoy in thick fog near Bologna, Italy, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 50.

November 2004: Seven are killed and 37 injured as a London to Plymouth train derails after hitting a car on a level-crossing in Berkshire, UK.

August 2004: At least six die and 85 are hurt in a head-on crash in north-western Turkey.

July 2004: A high-speed train from Istanbul to Ankara derails in the north-western province of Sakarya killing at least 36 people in one Turkey's worst ever rail disasters.

June 2003: At least 19 people die when a passenger train and a freight train collide in Spain's Albacete province.

May 2003: A train crashes into a German coach at a level crossing on the shores of Lake Balaton in Hungary, killing 33 people on the coach.

November 2002: Twelve people die in a fire on an overnight sleeper train near the eastern French city of Nancy.

May 2002: A crash at Potter's Bar in Britain kills seven people and injures dozens more when a train derails and smashes into a station.

September 2001: A head-on collision in southern Germany injures 82 people, nine of them seriously.

June 2001: Seven people are killed in two separate train crashes in Germany. Both were apparently caused by vehicles crossing railway lines despite warning signals.

March 2001: Eight people are killed when two trains smash into each other head-on in the village of Pecrot, about 26 kilometres (16 miles) east of Brussels.

February 2001: Ten people are killed in North Yorkshire, UK, when a high-speed passenger train hits a car on the track before colliding with a freight train.

October 2000: Four people are killed in the UK when a high-speed London to Leeds train derails at Hatfield, Hertfordshire.

February 2000: Eight people are killed when an overnight passenger train is derailed near Cologne, Germany.

January 2000: Two passenger trains collide in Norway, 150 km (100 miles) north of Oslo, overturning several coaches and setting off a huge blaze. A total of 19 people die.

October 1999: Thirty-one people are killed when a high-speed passenger train approaching London's Paddington Station collides with a local commuter train.

June 1998: More than 100 people are killed when a German high-speed train travelling from Munich to Hamburg goes off the rails at Eschede.

September 1997: Seven people are killed when a Swansea-to-London express train collides with a goods locomotive.

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