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French train derailment likely caused by faulty switch

Rescuers and investigators work at the site of a train accident at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station, on July 12, 2012
Rescuers and investigators work at the site of a train accident at the Bretigny-sur-Orge station, on July 12, 2013. The derailment near Paris that left six people dead and dozens injured was likely caused by a faulty part in the switch that allows trains

The derailment near Paris that left six people dead and dozens injured was likely caused by a faulty part in the switch that allows trains to change tracks, the SNCF national rail company said on Saturday.

"This bond", a kind of steel clip that links two rails on a switch, "broke away, it became detached and came out of its housing," said Pierre Izard, the SNCF's general manager for infrastructure, with the company adding that it had ordered checks of some 5,000 similar devices on the network.

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