Stade de France english summary
On Saturday 7 March, at about 23.25, a group of about 12 persons walking along the railway tracks near the station of La Plaine Stade de France were hit by an RER B travelling on track 1B towards the station of Mitry-Claye.
These people belonged to a group of supporters from the Nord – Pas de Calais region who had just been to a Lille – Lyon football match at the Stade de France and were trying to get to their coach which was parked in a coach park about 600 m from the stadium.
The accident resulted in two deaths, three serious injuries and one slight injury.
The direct and immediate cause of the accident was the penetration by a group of supporters onto railway property that was not open to the public.
Four causal factors led to this intrusion :
the disorientation of supporters who were making their way back to the coaches, and found the planned route blocked
pressure of time combined with the timetable for coach departures
the protection, that proved insufficient, for service access to the rail bridge
the inability, on the part of the persons involved, to perceive the danger posed by the railway.
The analysis of these factors led us to make seven recommendations :
one recommendation concerned the organisation of routes for spectators between the Stade de France and the coach parking areas
one recommendation concerned the timetable for coaches’ return journeys
three recommendations concerned the closing off of railway property and signage concerning access
two recommendations concern thde identification and making safe of facilities at risk situated close to main stadia and other place where there are large numbers of people.