A motorist forces the Marnes-la-Coquette level crossing, the interrupted traffic


Was he late? Inattentive? A 49-year-old driver forced the Marnes-la-Coquette railway crossing barrier on Tuesday morning. A train that was engaged hit the front of his car. At 10 am, traffic on the Transilien line L between Saint-Nom-la-Bret├Ęche and Saint-Cloud had still not resumed.

It was a little over 7.45 am on Tuesday when the gates at this crossing, near Garches-Marnes-la-Coquette train station, lowered to let the train go to Saint-Lazare.

But the driver of a Peugeot 3008 simply advanced, forcing the barrier. The nose of the car was on the rails when the train arrived. The shock sprayed the front of the 3008. But left the driver unscathed.

No serious injuries

Inside the train, the accident did not make a serious injury either. A pregnant woman nevertheless felt uncomfortable. The police subjected the motorist to alcohol and drug tests: nothing to report. But the driver was taken to the police station and taken into custody.

The accident obviously interrupted the traffic. The suspensions of the train are very damaged. It is necessary to repair them so that the train can move and thus free the way. The operation should take several hours. It will probably wait until the beginning of the afternoon for a return to normal.

In 2010, a 19-year-old moped rider had also crossed the pass when the barriers prohibited him. Despite the braking and honking of the train driver, the young man was unable to release himself in time and was very seriously injured.


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