At the trial of the TGV Est accident, the prosecutor denounces “collective blindness” and demands a 400,000 euro fine against the SNCF

At the trial of the TGV Est accident, the prosecutor denounces “collective blindness” and demands a 400,000 euro fine against the SNCF
At the trial of the TGV Est accident, the prosecutor denounces “collective blindness” and demands a 400,000 euro fine against the SNCF

Suspended prison sentences and heavy fines were requested Monday at the trial of the TGV Est accident which led to the death of 11 people and injured 42 in Alsace on November 14, 2015.

The public prosecutor denounced a “collective blindness” in overspeed tests and highlighted “shared responsibility” of five of the six defendants tried before the Paris criminal court for homicide and involuntary injuries due to clumsiness, imprudence, negligence or breach of an obligation of safety.

The prosecutor requested a one-year suspended prison sentence against the driver of the train Denis T. and two years suspended prison sentence against Francis L., the executive responsible for giving him braking and acceleration instructions.

The magistrate, on the other hand, ruled out any “criminal liability” against Philippe B., the technician from Systra – the company responsible for the tests – responsible for informing the driver about the particularities of the track.

It was against the three legal entities (SNCF, SNCF-Réseau and Systra) that Nicolas Hennebelle was most severe. He requested a sentence of 200,000 euros, multiplied by two “due to the state of legal recidivism”i.e. 400,000 euros, against the SNCF and a fine of 150,000 euros, multiplied by two also due to the state of legal recidivism, i.e. 300,000 euros, against SNCF-Réseau.

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