On Sunday the famous Montenvers train that leaves from Chamonix center and heads up the icy Mer De Glace derailed. Fortunately, no one was hurt and a backup train arrived to take the passengers back down to the valley floor. After an investigation, officials are claiming there was no technical issue with the train and the derailment is likely as a result of ‘human error’.
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The train has derailed a handful of times over the last five years but with a top speed of only 9 mph, it’s generally more frustrating than life-threatening.
Deraillement of the train of the montenvers: a human mistake…
Still no small train for the sea of ice in Chamonix (Haute Savoie-France). The site of the montenvers will remain closed this Wednesday, August 14th
It is a human error that is the origin of the small train du montenvers train in chamonix this Sunday, August 11, 2019. the thesis of the technical incident is definitely excluded. Repairs are in progress. The site will remain closed tomorrow Wednesday.
In A Press Release published on Tuesday, August 13, the Mont-Blanc company, which manages the tourist attraction, is formal: “no technical failure has been found” after the accident that caused the partial derailment of the small motor Train Sunday afternoon. The accident would therefore be ” officially ” due to ” a human error ” that did not make any injured, but a big fear for the passengers
The driver of the motor driver still needs to be heard but already, an “excessive speed” at the switch level has been raised, explains Mathieu Dechavanne, CEO of the Mont-Bench company. As a result, the passage of the switch was not carried out under the conditions planned and the motor is out of its way.
This Tuesday, repairs were still in progress. The motor has been repaired and evacuated to the depot and would not be too damaged. The Rail and the switch on the scene of the accident have also been the subject of repairs and controls.
The opening is now subject to the green light of the department’s office of lifts (Ifn). To Strengthen Safety, the Mont-Blanc company could add an operator to the switch which would ensure that the procedure was well respected before the train was passed.
Info: France 3 Auvergne Rhône-Alpes
The famous Montenvers Railway or Chemin de fer du Montenvers is a rack railway line in the Haute-Savoie region of France. The line runs from a connection with the SNCF, in Chamonix, to the Hotel de Montenvers station, at the Mer de Glace, at an altitude of 6,276 ft.