Decade's Worst Rail Accidents in Europe

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The train crash in Turkey in which at least 139 people died and 57 were injured is the worst in the history of European rail disasters in the last 10 years.

The last accident of such proportions was in June 1998 in Germany when 101 people died.

Following are the worst rail disasters in Europe in the past decade:

- August 13, 1994. Georgia. Collision between a passenger train and goods train south of Tbilisi: 24 dead.

- June 24, 1995. Czech Republic. Collision between a passenger train and a goods train near Chrudim, 60 kilometres (35 miles) southeast of Prague: 18 dead.

- February 26, 1996. Hungary. Collision between a goods train and a bus at a level crossing at Jokonagybajom, in the southwest of the country: 11 dead, 20 injured.

- Sept 26, 1996. Russia. Collision between a school bus and a train at an unattended level crossing near Rostov-sur-le-Don: 21 schoolchildren dead.

- January 12, 1997. Italy. Derailment of a high-speed train near Piacenza on the Milan-Rome line: 8 dead, 30 injured.

- March 31, 1997. Spain. Derailment of a train at the station of Huarte Arakil, northern Spain: 18 dead.

- May 5, 1997. Poland. Derailment at Reptowo, near Szczecin, northwestern Poland: 11 dead, 19 injured.

- September 8, 1997. France. Collision between a fuel tanker and a train at a level crossing at Port-Sainte-Foy, in southern France, after the tanker breaks through a barrier: 13 dead, 43 injured.

- September 19, 1997. Britain. A collision between an express train and a freight train in Southall, west London: seven dead and 150 injured.

- October 7, 1997. Ukraine. Collision between a train and a coach near Dniepropetrovsk, eastern Ukraine: 18 dead, 2 injured.

- March 6, 1998. Finland. Derailment at Jyvaeskylae, in central Finland: 11 dead, 39 injured.

- June 3, 1998. Germany. A high-speed InterCity Express train derails and crashes into a motorway pillar near the northern town of Eschede due to a faulty wheel: 101 dead, 200 injured.

- October 5, 1999. Britain. Collision between two high-speed trains near Paddington, west London: 31 dead, 245 injured.

- January 4, 2000: Norway. Head-on collision between two passenger trains in Aasta, southern Norway, near Lillehammer: 19 dead, 18 injured.

- February 5, 2000: Germany. The Amsterdam-Basel express derails at high speed as it enters the station in Bruehl, western Germany: 8 dead, 149 injured.

- October 18, 2000. Britain. A high-speed train derails near Hatfield, north of London, as a result of a broken rail: 4 dead, 35 injured.

- January 3, 2001. Spain. Collision between a van carrying Ecuadoran immigrant labourers and a train at a level crossing near Lorca, southeastern Spain: 12 dead.

- February 28, 2001. Britain. A passenger car plunges down an embankment, causing a crash with a passenger train and a freight train near the northern English town of Selby: 10 dead, about 70 injured.

- May 23, 2001. Russia. Collision between a train and a bus at an unattended level crossing in the Russian Kaliningrad enclave: 12 dead, 18 injured

- May 10, 2002. Britain. The final section of a high-speed passenger train derails and careers onto a station platform at Potter`s Bar north of London: seven dead.

- November 6, 2002: France. Paris-Vienna sleeper car catches fire in Nancy: 12 dead.

- May 8, 2003: Hungary. A passenger train and a tourist bus carrying German tourists collide on a level crossing at Siofok, leaving 33 people dead and five injured.

- June 3, 2003. Spain. A head-on collision between passenger train and a goods train in the eastern Spanish region of Albacete kills 19 and injures 40.

- June 11, 2003. Germany. Six people are killed and at least 25 injured when two passenger trains hurtle into each other in head-on collision on a single track near the southwestern city of Stuttgart.
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