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Sabotage of Nuclear Train in France

Posted on the 23 July 2013 by Earth First! Newswire @efjournal

by Russ McSpadden / Earth First! News

A fishplate similar to the one reportedly removed by an anti-nuclear group to derail a train earlier in July.

A fishplate similar to the one reportedly removed by an anti-nuclear group to derail a train earlier in July.

An unknown anti-nuclear group has taken credit for a July 12 act of sabotage that derailed a train transporting nuclear waste in the French city of Limoges.  French police are currently conducting an investigation. 

According to the regional newspaper Le Populaire du Centre, an email claiming responsibility also explained that a steel plate, also known as a fishplate, was unbolted from the tracks, the track was lifted and the rail crossings were dislodged.

The derailment took place in the morning on a stretch of track used exclusively by nuclear giant Areva to transport nuclear waste.

The Areva train shot off the rails more than 200 ft. Neither of the two rail-workers aboard were injured.


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