BEA-TT

Versailles english summary

publié le 18 février 2011

On Monday 13 August 2007 at 10:27 a.m., Transilien train No. 141 280 running between Paris-Invalides and Versailles Rive Gauche collided with the buffers of track 3 in the Versailles Rive Gauche station at a speed of 6 kph.
There were no injuries, whether among the passengers, the driver or other SNCF employees.
The accident caused material damage to the fixed installations and rolling stock.

Whilst the driver was decelerating his train to enter the Versailles Rive Gauche station, his vigilance was affected by drowsiness which caused him to loose control of the train. He could not prevent the train from hitting the buffers at the end of the line.

The direct cause of this accident would appear to the driver’s irrepressible drowsiness during the buffing of the train, which suggests lack of sleep the night before the day of the accident. The cause of this lack of sleep has not been established with certainty.

The analysis of this event led to reiterating two recommendations already made in a previous report from the BEA-TT, concerning rolling stock (speed of release threshold of the doors of Z2N train sets) and the infrastructure (study of a damping system for trains which collide with buffers at the end of the track).